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Dog Breed Guide: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A young Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog lies outside in front of the tulips.

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Height (to base of neck): 12-13″

Weight: 13-18 lbs

Color: Black and tan, Tricolored, white with red patches (Blenheim), and red.

Origin: United Kingdom.

Coat: Moderately long and silky with feathering on ears and feet.

Life Expectancy: 9-14 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Cavalier King Charles is one of the smallest Spaniels and one of largest lap dogs, but fills the role well. They are extremely affectionate, patient and good with children and other pets. They are naturally curious and playful, and make excellent companions.  This breed tends to be accepting and friendly towards strangers and thus is not well suited as a guard dog.  They were originally bred for hunting, but their small size made them ill-suited for this.  They still retain some of those tendencies, however, and can be prone to chasing things that move.  They possess an average intelligence and are trainable.  Their coat requires minimal grooming with regular weekly brushing.  They can have above average energy, but are also typically content to cuddle on a lap.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue Average Claim Amount Most Expensive Claim
Ear Infection $206 $1,255
Skin Allergies $506 $3,898
Inflammation and/or infection of the anal glands $396 $5,755
Inflammation and/or infection of the stomach, small intestine and colon $590 $3,127
Ingestion of Foreign Body $1,789 $4,119


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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Bella, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has been protected by Pets Best since 2008.

Bella, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has been protected by Pets Best since 2008.
























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