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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel that is classified as a toy dog and traces its origins to the United Kingdom. It is a popular dog breed in many countries. They have a lifespan of between 9 and 14 years and aren’t known to be hypoallergenic. They weigh about 7kgs and measure 31cm on average.

Adult Size

  • Small
  • Tiny

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long
  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone
  • Wrong Dog to Leave Alone

Breed Group

  • Toy Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Silky Coat


  • Black & Tan
  • Black & White
  • Blenheim
  • Ruby


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 10-13″

Full Grown Weight

  • 11-15lbs
  • 16-20lbs

General Health

  • Pretty Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Great First Dog!
  • Very Good for Your First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather
  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Does Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Great With Kids
  • Very Good With Kids


  • Requires Occasional Grooming
  • Requires Regular Brushing
  • Requires Regular Grooming


  • Smart


  • Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Sometimes Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Congenital Cardiac Database ARCH – ACVIM Registry of Cardiac Health – or – OFA evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • Patellar Luxation – OFA Evaluation

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Sometimes with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 10 years
  • 11 years
  • 12 years
  • 13 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train
  • Very Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately