Cavalier King Charles Spaniel file
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog that gets along with everyone, including other dogs and even cats. They are patient and playful, loving without being jealous and, therefore, are great companions for children. They also tend to make a great impression on strangers, although in some cases they are a little shy at first.
Fans of activities such as chasing cars and in open spaces, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel they love attention and affection, giving back to their owners all the love received. Because they are very friendly, they are not suitable for guard dogs.
Commonly confused with the King Charles Spaniel, the Cavalier owes its name to the King of England Charles II (1630 - 1685), obsessed with Spaniels and seen accompanied by his dogs at all times, including at bedtime. At the time, he even published a special edict, allowing dogs to have access to any and all public places in his kingdom.
Since the Renaissance, Spaniels (including those who gave rise to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), have been very successful among the population of high society. The Cavaliers had a privileged life, considering that the English aristocrats fell in love with breeds like yours, in addition to others like Pug, Japanese Spaniel and Pekingese. As a result, it was inevitable that they would be crossed with the other three breeds, thus giving rise to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
In several 17th century paintings it is possible to see these elegant dogs sitting on the laps of princes and princesses, but over the years and mixing with other breeds, the specimens began to differ too much from the originals. With that, in the year of 1920 it was tried to recover its original aspects (elongated snout, flattened skull, among others), in 1928 the results were satisfactory and the dogs returned to the breed standard. Despite this, the breed was only recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1996.
The Cavalier King is very sociable, has a good memory and quickly understands the orders he is given. He very much likes to be in the company of his owners and does not deal well with long periods of loneliness. He gets along very well with children, especially when they make him part of a game and treat him with respect. It is the ideal dog to be cuddled on the sofa while watching a movie, to play ball in the yard or to play around the house.
Because they are so sociable dogs, they need affection and attention from people, do not ignore them or leave them alone for a long time, they tend to get depressed, lonely and sometimes even crazy.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's skull is practically flat, proportional to his body and his eyes are large, dark and well separated. Its ears are wide, high and full of fur and the tail has a size proportional to its body, not getting too high in relation to it. His shoulders are slanted and straight, as are his paws, and his neck is long. The breed's fur is long and silky, and the color of the animal can vary in four types.
It is important to take care that the dog of this breed is not lonely for a long time, as it can become more nervous and bark a lot, in addition to becoming depressed. As it has a long and wide coat, it is recommended to check the dog's paws and ears frequently to check that there is nothing trapped or accumulated in these parts. It is good to brush them daily to avoid lint and to trim the hair in some parts to maintain your hygiene.
Cavalier King's health is quite resistant to more serious canine diseases, and the parts of the dog's body that need more attention are eyes, ears and skin. Diseases in the mitral valve and hip dysplasia can also occur in this breed, but are more rare.