What a cavalier is like:
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a gentle, sweet, loving, happy, playful, wonderful companion. They will greet you with their tail wagging looking at you with those loving eyes waiting for you to cuddle them. Cavaliers love spending time with their family and fellow companions. That is what ours are bred for.
They are bold and active little dogs who don't require strenuous exercise, but like to play in a spacious backyard. Cavaliers enjoy regular walks--sometimes on a leash, just so they're not tempted to chase small animals.
Cavaliers are extremely social and get along well with other dogs, cats, and pets. Cavaliers make friends quickly and make a good watchdog. They are good-tempered and generally easy to train; as long as lessons are gentle accompanied by lots of praise or rewards for their efforts. Cavaliers are exceptionally good with children! They can be playful while being gentle and patient. I have raised my own children with a house full and never had to worry. They are very devoted to their family and have endless affection for everyone. If you do not have a lot of time to devote to your dog then this is not the breed for you.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should be 12 to 13 inches tall (foot to shoulders) and should weigh 10 to 18 pounds. They should have a medium-length silky coat that is either black and tan, black and white, white and chestnut, or solid chestnut.
The silky coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should be brushed or combed on a regular basis. Once a day or every other day. The feathered hair around the ears is susceptible to tangles and knots, so it is important for this breed to be thoroughly groomed on a frequent basis. Ears should be cleaned and inspected for dirt or mites. They can be prone to ear issues so keeping their ears clean and dry is a must! The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an average shedder. As long as you feed them good foods and brush them a couple times a week at least, shedding shouldn't be a problem.
Each breed has their own genetic faults. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can be susceptible to hereditary eye disease, dislocated kneecaps, back troubles, ear infections, hearing problems, and syringomyelia. Hip dysplasia is also occasionally seen. This breed should not be overfed to avoid putting on additional weight that can create health issues. Some lines of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genetically disposed to the early onset of a serious heart problem that can cause early death. It’s VERY important for buyers and owners to pre-check the medical history of the dog and liniage before selecting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel--don't be afraid of asking questions! If you already own a Cavalier their annual vet visits are important to ensure any health issue isn't overlooked. This breed typically lives for 9 to 14 years.