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The Royal Dog – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy


  • In the early part of the 18th century, John Churchill kept a red & white King Charles spaniel for hunting. The Duke said that they were able to keep up with a trotting horse. In honor of the Duke’s victory at the Battle of Blenheim, his estate was named Blenheim.


This influence caused the red and white variety of the King Charles spaniel to become known as Blenheim. Several attempts were made to recreate the original King Charles spaniel during the early 20th century, using the Toy Trawler Spaniels. In 1926, American Roswell Eldridge hosted a dog show with prize of twenty-five pounds each as a prize for the best male and females of Blenheim Spaniels. Eldridge died before seeing his plan come to work, but several breeders believed in what he said and so the first Cavalier club was formed.  The Kennel Club recognized the breed as “King Charles Spaniels Cavalier type”.


  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies are well-proportioned dogs. Head is rounded slightly. It has a nose that is black. Like most dogs, its teeth meet in scissors bite. It has a round and dark brown eyes and well set apart with dark eye-rims. Its ears are long that are set high with feathering. Its topline is in level. The tail is docked by 1/3, but usually left natural.


Dewclaws may also be removed. Its silky coat is normal in length with feather-like on chest, ears, legs and tail. Colors may come in ruby, black, red, white and some are in tricolor. A chestnut-red spot on top of its head is preferred by most breeders.


  • The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a happy, eager and affectionate type of dog. It seems like it is always wagging its tail. It is intelligent enough to understand what you want from them; therefore it is easy to train as it responds well to obedience training. They are outgoing and are sporty. The best thing about the Cavalier King Charles breed is that they love to play with their owners outside or outdoors.


This breed is well behaved and get along just fine with other dogs and other animals. This breed loves humans, they enjoy a companion with them, so they should not be left alone all day. It also needs rules for them to follow and limits to what are they allowed to do. Do not let it think that he is the pack leader to the humans, as this could cause a lot of behavior problems, which are not the breed’s original traits – just brought by the way they are treated.


  • The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should weigh just about 5-8 kg. They would do fine in an apartment.  It is active indoors and does not do very well in hot condition. It is prone to syringomyelia, eye disease, dislocating kneecaps, back troubles, deafness or ear infections, hip dysplasia. This dog tends to gain weight in an instant, so do not overfeed it.


It is also prone to a serious heart problem, the mitral valve disease. This breed requires a daily walk. Playing could take care of its regular exercise. Brush its coat with a firm bristle brush, bathe with a dry shampoo. Make sure it is warm and dry after a bath. Always check the eyes and ears for any signs of infections. It is an average shedder. Life expectancy of this dog is 9-14 years.

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