King Charles Cavalier
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an eager, affectionate and happy dog. Always seeming to be wagging their tails. Outgoing and supportive. These fearless lively little dogs are eager and willing to please. They are intelligent enough to understand what you want and therefore are usually easy to train and respond well to gentle obedience training. They are said to be naturally well behaved and get along well with other dogs and non-canine pets. Cavalier’s love people, enjoy companionship, and need rules to follow and limits to what they are allowed to do. They are not suited to kennel life and should not be left alone all day. If you do need to leave them, be sure to take them for a pack walk before you leave to put them in a natural rest mode. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a pleasant companion dog. They have remarkable eyes sight and sense of smell and can be used in short hunts in open country. They do well in competitive obedience.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are good for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient. The Cavalier does not do well in very warm conditions
Named for King Charles II, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is descended from the King Charles Spaniel. In the late 1600’s the King Charles Spaniels were interbred with Pugs, which resulted in a smaller dog with flatter noses, upturned faces,rounded heads and protruding eyes. The consequence of this breeding is what we know today as the King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel). In the 1920’s an American named Roswell Eldridge, offered prize money during a Cruft’s Dog Show in London, to any person exhibiting King Charles Spaniels with long noses. He was looking for dogs similar to those appearing in Van Dyck’s paintings of King Charles II and his spaniels, before the Pug was bred in. A dog called Ann’s Son, owned by Miss Mostyn Walker, won the Eldridge prize, however Eldridge, had died a month before the show opened and was not there to present the award. His ideas lived on in the American breeders. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed, as we know it today, is the product of the American breeders of the late 1920s, though this ‘modern’ breed is the true heir of the royal spaniels of King Charles II. By the 1940’s these dogs were classified as a separate breed and were given the prefix Cavalier, to differentiate them from their forebears. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was shown in the Toy Group of the AKC beginning in 1996.