Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: 101 Is a CKCS the right breed for your family? From breed information, health issues and where to purchase a puppy... You'll find it all right here.

Eager to please = easy to train!
General Breed Health
Serious Health Problems. Click the link on the left to learn more.
Ease of House Training
Use only positive training techniques
Low Maintenance
Average Maintenance Requirements
Good w/Other Pets
Socializing early and often never hurts.
Cavaliers are not Non-shedding.
Good With Children?
Cavs are good with older Well-behaved children. Read more below.

Oh the saddest of sights in a world of sin Is the little lost pup with his tail tucked in.
- Arthur Guiterman

All the many reasons to love them...

Watch Dogs- Cavaliers are known to be affectionate with strangers. He may bark to alert you, but German Shepherds they are not. If you're looking for a watch dog, you might get by with a cav, but there is probably a better choice.

Size- Show dogs typically range about 12" to 13" high at the shoulder and weigh between 12 to 18 pounds. Temperament and especially health, as opposed to size, should be your first consideration when searching for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Friendly-This is a very "people friendly" breed. Not especially shy or timid, he can be trusted not to nip at the heels of strangers. This breed is also tolerant of other animals and children.

Trainability-Patience will get you much further than scolding with any breed. Shouting, impatient or harsh training is completely unnecessary and will hinder progress. Cavaliers are easy to train because they love to please. We highly recommend these positive training techniques.

Excitability- They are very tolerant little dogs and seldom become quick-tempered. Bringing one into a house with small children (under 5) is discouraged. Because of their gentle dispositions, they do not defend themselves well. A small child could easily injure this dog.

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Please choose a breeder wisely. Due to the growing popularity of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, more and more puppy mills are breeding these dogs. Puppy mill conditions are appalling and the puppies are often sick. Please see our FAQ page and read the Health Issues below... And NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store.


Grooming Requirements-A Cav's coat requires a commitment of brushing at least 2 - 3 times weekly to keep it from becoming matted. Other areas that require maintenance are ears, teeth, nails, pads and eyes.

Separation anxiety is common- If there was a down side to this dog's love of people, separation anxiety would have to be it. Cavaliers absolutely hate being left alone. Click the link above for helpful tips to curb the destructive behaviors brought on by separation anxiety.

Shedding- Cavs do shed an average amount. Most people find this a small price to pay for such a loving little dog, but that is no consolation for those with allergies to dander. If you have allergies and you haven't yet tested your tolerance for this breed. It would be a wise choice to do so before adopting one. Cavs would not usually be considered one of the hypoallergenic breeds, but we'll show you a list of dogs who are.

Puppy Mill Prone- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels continue to grow in popularity. Puppy mills and opportunistic breeders are taking advantage of our desire for these dogs in some of the worst ways imaginable. Rescue groups work tirelessly to save them, but they need our help. Please consider the benefits of adopting a dog instead of buying one. We are sure there is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel near you in need of your kindness (the dog on the top right of this page is one of them).

Adopting an adult dog is GREAT way to ensure that you get all the breed characteristics that suit you. Adult dogs and rescue dogs come with lot of bonuses! #1. Already out of chewing phase. #2. Already housebroken. #3. His temperament and tolerance for children and other animals will already be known... and lots more! Best of all, you will forever be his hero! Click here to learn even more reasons why adopting an adult dog is the smartest choice.

-Health Issues-

Cavs are not without their problems. In fact, they suffer from a wide variety of many genetic health issues and are predisposed to acquiring others due, in part, to irresponsible breeding.

We have put together a list of some of The most common ailments (along with symptoms, treatments and prevention) affecting Cavalier King Charles Spaniels today.

Some of these include Mitral Valve Disease and Syringomyelia-. Learn More

Our Mission
Our mission is to help dogs... Because we care. Deeply. Please let us know if there's any way we could have made your experience better. Helping you means helping dogs.

Trust me when I say that I know how hard it is to watch an animal suffer. My one reason for building these pages is to bring awareness to plight of these dogs because I have have seen way too much of the suffering myself. But just imagine how much harder it is to be the animal who is doing the suffering.

We implore you to watch the videos, get involved, learn all you can about how to avoid puppy mill dogs and spread the word about never buying a dog from a pet store.

We welcome you to contact us if there are any other questions we can answer for you about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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Send us a picture of your dog along with any information you'd like to include, like his name, how you got him or any of the cute tricks he knows and we'll put the photo on the pages of our site!

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