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Meet the breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a fun-loving lap dog and companion, find out everything you need to know about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.


  • Playful
  • Fearless
  • Happy
  • Loving lapdog
  • Great for apartment living


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A happy-go-lucky breed, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog that fits in well with any family. Eager to please, the pup is completely content sitting on his owner’s lap all day or playing out in the yard. Very smart, he is easily trained and gets along well with cats and other dogs. A natural hunter, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needs a daily walk and regular brushing of his silky coat. Due to potential health problems, it’s recommended that he is not overfed and has regular vet visits.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Toy
  • UKC group: Terrier
  • Average lifespan: 10 – 12 years
  • Average size: 8 – 14 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Silky, medium-length
  • Coloration: Tricolored (beige, white and black), ruby, red and white, black and tan
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Dark eyes and dark-eyed rims; well-proportioned body; scissor-bite teeth; long ears with feathering and medium length coat
  • Possible alterations: Dewclaws may be removed

Is this breed right for you?

Perfect for families with older children, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great companion for families and one-person households. Great for apartment living, the breed will need daily walking to avoid being bored or getting himself into trouble. Preferring company, it’s best that he’s not left alone for long periods of time. A social breed, it’s also best that he’s constantly around other people to avoid being shy or reserved.

A dream day in the life of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A loving breed, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be happy waking up in the bed of his owner. Stumbling into the kitchen for his daily feeding, the pup will enjoy having a routine in place. After his feeding, you may find him waiting at the door for his daily walk. After a short nap, he’ll take a run in the backyard and finish his day snuggling on the lap of his owner while watching favorite television shows together.

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