Dog Breed Guide: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Posted on February 24, 2014 under Dog Breeds
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|
|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|
Photo of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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