The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a magnificent breed of small dog that is part of the Spaniel family. Well proportioned and elegant, the Cavalier King Charles is a very graceful animal, but also very gentle. As nice as he is sociable, he loves the company. It is therefore the ideal canine companion to accompany you on a daily basis. Let’s take a closer look at the profile and behavior of this adorable dog, easily adopted by all.
The origins of Cavalier King Charles
The first trace that we know of Cavalier King Charles dates back to the 16th century. Originally from England, its name honors King Charles II since the Cavalier was the favorite dog of Charles II who reigned in the 17th century.
The Cavalier King Charles as we know it today is not exactly the same as it once was. It comes from a mixture of several breeds of which the King Charles Spaniel (the original breed), the Pekingese and the Pug. It was only in 1928 that the CKC was recognized as an official breed in Britain. It was not introduced in France until 1975.
The character of Cavalier King Charles
The Cavalier King Charles is an exceptional canine companion. It’s a dog very affectionate who loves being surrounded by other companions, dogs and humans alike. The Cavalier King Charles hates loneliness. He is very sociable, nice and absolutely not aggressive. He loves to play, ask for attention and hugs. He doesn’t have a shred of animosity and doesn’t represent any danger to children, since he’s extremely calm.
What matters more to him is being able to stay with his masters. He is therefore completely at ease if he lives in an apartment or in a house. Considering its high sociability, this dog is also very flexible. It may as well adapt to sporty masters, who move a lot than more calm and homey masters. It adapts to the rhythm of each one. He likes to hunt and can bark quite often, even moderately if he has received a good dog training. At a time lively and obedient, it is easy to train by any loving and caring owner.
The physique of the Cavalier King Charles
The Cavalier King Charles has long and silky hair that can ripple. Often two-tone black and tan, it can also be unicolour or tricolor. The two-tone King Charles will be black and tan, with tan spots scattered across the body and head. Unicolour, it will be ruby color. He could also be Blenheim. Tricolor, it will be black, white and tan.
The skull of the Cavalier King Charles is almost flat. His stop is not very pronounced. Its nostrils are black and quite developed. It also has very strong jaws that consist of a scissor bite. Its ears are drooping, long and provided with abundant fringes, like the Cockers or the spaniel type in general. His eyes are very large and very round and of a rather dark color. They are set apart enough and are not protruding.
The body of Cavalier King Charles is very well proportioned, even if it is a small dog. Her neck is a bit arched and medium. His back is straight, his loins are short and his ribs are well curved. The King Charles tail is also proportional to the body. She is quite hairy and does not go beyond the back line.
The Cavalier King Charles weighs between 5 and 8 kg when in good health. It measures between 32 and 36 cm on average. Generally, its lifespan is estimated at 12 years.
The Cavalier King Charles on a daily basis
A dog not to be left alone
The King Charles is very sensitive and attaches very easily to his masters. He can present behavioral concerns when he has to separate from his masters. In this case, he may develop anxiety. You must therefore be careful not to overprotect your dog to help him manage such situations. But these should not be repeated too often because separating from your masters harms your well-being.
King Charles hates loneliness. He even risks dying of loneliness since he was truly born to live with man. His race has been optimized so that he needs his masters. It also adapts to all men’s lifestyles, whether they are sporty or not very active, in the city as in the countryside.
The dog suitable for children and the elderly
King Charles is a dog very sociable and above all not very aggressive. As he loves company and adapts very well, he will have no trouble socializing with people and dogs he does not know.
He is the ideal companion for children since he is not aggressive or violent. He will also be the perfect companion for the elderly since he is very calm and very present.
Watch out for weight gain
If they don’t exercise a lot or go out a lot, the Cavalier King Charles is at risk of putting on weight. It is therefore necessary toadapt his dose of food. It must be fed according to its size, age, weight and especially according to its physical activity.
If he likes industrial food adapted to his breed, the King Charles will also like homemade food, especially made from raw meat.
Care, hygiene and health
It is necessary to take care of the King Charles which undergoes 2 moults per year. It will therefore be necessary brush regularly that little dog, and avoid grooming. You should also refrain from brushing or touching his very fragile ears. It is also necessary to check regularly that his eyes and his ears are not parasitized.
Finally, the Cavalier King Charles is very robust, however it is susceptible to one heart disease in particular, mitral valve degeneration. He is more particularly at risk of pulmonary edema because of this degeneration. It is therefore necessary to regularly follow your dog to the veterinarian and perhaps give him ultrasounds.
The Cavalier King Charles is therefore the ideal companion for families, people looking for an affectionate and present animal. It adapts to all lifestyles and is rather resistant, but it is necessary to take care of its state of health and to update its vaccination during your visit to the veterinarian.
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