About The Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels »


Cavaliers were originally bred as luxurious companions for royalty and are quite often referred to as the ultimate lap dog. They are essentially a miniature spaniel, however, and many of them have retained their hunting instincts.


Cavaliers are extremely sweet and outgoing little dogs, often compared to Goldens or Labradors. In general they are not barkers or chewers, and make very poor watch dogs. They are never aggressive and love to do all sorts of activities; everything from traveling in the car, going hiking, and especially cuddling!


As their temperament suggests, Cavaliers are extremely versatile little companions. They make great companions for many walks of life, as they are content with different levels of exercise. Whether you are looking for a competition dog for agility, obedience or tracking, or a family pet who is up for anything, Cavaliers are notorious for doing exactly what their owners do. A lovely pet for the elderly or as a therapy dog, Cavaliers can do it all.


Cavaliers require very little grooming. They have a single, silky coat which needs an occasional brushing, especially the ears. The hair between the pads should be trimmed, but Cavaliers do not need to be professionally groomed.


Cavaliers do have some significant health concerns. Mitral Valve Disease is a degeneration of the heart's mitral valve, and is the leading cause of death in Cavaliers. 50% of Cavaliers are affected by age 5, and the remaining 50% by age 10. It is extremely important that all breeding stock be tested for this disease.

Syringomyelia is a serious condition in which pockets of fluid develop at the base of the skull. Breeding stock should exhibit no symptoms of this problem.

Eye Diseases like cataracts and corneal issues are fairly common in the breed and can be detected with eye exams. Joint problems like luxating patellas and hip displaysia can be present.