The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog breed that has his ancestor’s sporty nature. But if he is not found flushing a bird out and retrieving it he can be sitting on his owner’s lap or getting a belly rub. Truly athletic by nature, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the largest of the toy breeds. He is also a true-blooded sporting breed that enjoys hiking, running on the beach and participate in many dog sports such as agility, flyball, and rally. But they are not only limited to the mentioned activities, but they can also be perfect hunting dogs and most of all a loving devoted family companion.
The breed is known to be top tailwaggers, on top of their being beautiful and small breed. They rightly earn this title as a dog that always has its tail wagging or in motion while the breed is moving. In addition, the large, dark round eyes will melt your heart allowing the breed to extract unlimited supplies of food and petting. Therefore it is easy for the breed to get overweight. So if you own a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be firm and strong when it comes to giving them just the right amount of food as well as the engaging your pets with plenty of exercises.
If you are the type of person who wants a dog that will follow you everywhere, then this breed is the right dog for you. They will follow you wherever you go, even in the bathroom. They need their humans to be with them all the time. That is why this breed will not do well in families that need to work long hours and need to live their pets alone for long periods of time. The breed does not do well in isolation. They are house dogs and will thrive in an environment indoors.
They are highly intelligent and want to please their humans in any other way. This means they can be trained quickly and can learn a number of tricks and commands. Positive reinforcements, as well as the food rewards, are necessary to make the training go smoothly. The breed does not do well in harsh training techniques. It is counterproductive and may likely sulk or hide. Reward them instead every time you see them follow your commands such as chewing their toy instead of chewing their Prada pumps.
- Clingy and dependent, the Cavaliers love to be around the people they love. They don’t do well if left alone for long periods of time.
- The breed can shed twice in a year, usually in the spring and fall.
- The Cavalier, just like their spaniel ancestors will love to chase birds, rabbits, and other small animals as their prey drive can be high.
- Because they are people oriented, Cavaliers may bark at strangers but can’t be trusted as watchdogs or guard dogs.
The Cavaliers King Charles has existed for many centuries and is mostly a companion to many royalty and nobility. It took many years before the breed was accepted to the American Kennel Club.