Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


A favourite lap dog of kings and princes, the dog’s history is recent and ancient, existing in the 16th and 17th centuries and popular today. Crosses with the King Charles Spaniel, Pekinese and Pug, established the first strains of Cavalier King Charles which became a recognized breed in 1945.


A small spaniel with a short, but definite muzzle, large brown eyes and silky fur.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: A good brush at least once a week with a bath as required. May be clipped out.
  • Coat Type: Long, silky, free from curl. Slight wave permissible, plenty of feathering – totally free from trimming.
  • Moulting: Little.
  • Exercise Needs: Happy to lounge around but is capable of going for long walks if kept fit.
  • Average Life Span: 13 to 15 years.


  • Family: Ideal for young and old, for families, and the elderly. An indoor dog who needs to be part of the family.
  • Temperament: Happy, friendly, non-aggressive; no tendency to nervousness.
  • Trainability: Eager to please and wonderfully simple to train.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Excellent with other dogs and pets.
  • Barking: Medium tendency.


Sporting, can do well in obedience and agility trials.


Breeding stock should be specialist tested for clear Heart and Eyes.