Breed of the Week: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavaliers range from 12-13 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere between 13 and 18lbs. They are a small, toy breed that have four distinct color patterns: blenheim, tri-color, black and tan, and ruby. Cavaliers’ coats are long with feathering at the ears, legs, and tail. These small dogs have large, well-set eyes that give them a soft and docile appearance.
Typically considered a great companion breed, the Cavalier was created as a luxury breed for British aristocracy. This means that the Cavalier does not have the drive or need for as much work as many other breeds. Cavaliers are generally a social breed that does well with children and other pets when properly socialized and are quiet compared to other dogs of the same size. All of these qualities make Cavaliers a great dog for almost any home.
Cavaliers are prone to a number of common health concerns, including issues of the eyes and heart. They can also suffer from luxating patellas so finding a responsible and reputable breeder is important with this small, companion breed.
• Cavaliers were a favorite of the Stuart kings of England and almost disappeared when the pug-favoring Tudors rose to power.
• Cavaliers were considered a “luxury,” as many people could not afford to care for a dog that did not work as a farm or hunting dog.
• Featured on HBO’s Sex and the City, Charlotte York had a blenheim colored Cavalier and named her Elizabeth Taylor.