The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog breed was specially made to sit on the laps of royalty. They were even invited to sleep in the beds of their noble families to attract fleas away from the owners to the dog!
King Charles II of Scotland made them a fashionable dog, but when his monarchy was destroyed, the dog he named after himself also fell out of favor, and they almost went extinct.
A True Companion Dog
The Cavalier Spaniels are the ultimate lap dogs because of their sweet and loving disposition. Veterinarian Dr. Karen Halligan says, “It would be like your idea of the perfect mate. Sweet, kind, gentle, affectionate and loving.” Their sweet brown eyes and luscious coat make them a beautiful and popular dog.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can have four different colors of fur:
- The Prince Charles (A tri-color of brown, black and cream)
- The King Charles (black and tan)
- Ruby (mahogany)
- Blenheim (chestnut and white, the most popular color)
The affectionate dogs love humans and are gentle and nice to anyone. They’ve been called, “the love sponge of dogs” because they crave constant companionship. The Cavalier makes a great family pet, as they are wonderful with children, but the kids must learn to be gentle, as this Spaniel has a delicate frame. Another plus? These dogs can live in either a house or apartment, but need to be put inside and cooled down in hot conditions and need a daily walk.
Training is a Breeze
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs are so easy to train because they retain information for years. Their ultimate goal is to please you, so teach them a trick once and they’ll play along. Remember to brush them daily, especially their ears, because they can get matted. And who wants a dog this beautiful to get dirty?
If you’re looking to adopt a dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes for a great family member if you happen to spot one in need of a forever home at the rescue shelter.
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