Height: 12-13 inches
Weight: 10-18 lbs.
Life Span: 9-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Cavaliers are gentle, sweet, sporty spaniels that get along with everyone,
including children, although they must be treated gently.
They demand to be included in all family activities and show their appreciation
with abundant kisses. Cavaliers do well in obedience classes and love praise.
The Cavalier's coat is moderately long, slightly wavy, soft, and silky.
Color may be rich chestnut on a pearly white background; jet-black on a
pearly white background with tan markings; jet-black with tan markings;
or solid red.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Cavaliers need to be combed and brushed weekly. Happy just sleeping on their
owners' laps, they also enjoy activities reminiscent of their hunting days--walks
in the woods to "point" birds or squirrels, or romps in the backyard with
The Cavalier King Charles is descended from the English toy spaniel. The
Cavalier King Charles, named for Charles II, was a popular 17th-century
ladies' lap companion. It was also used for hunting rabbits and other small
Breed-related health concerns: patellar luxation, heart problems,
fly catching (a disorder of the nervous system that causes the dog to bite
at the air, as if for flies), epilepsy.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club