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Cavaliers are ranked the 25th most popular dog breed in the US.
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Cavaliers come in four colors:
Blenheim, Black and Tan, Ruby and Tricolor
The AKC recognized the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in 1995.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
About the Breed

Full of love and joy, Cavaliers are the ultimate lap dog and canine companion! Because they are highly affectionate, intelligent, playful, and easy to train, Cavaliers are great with people of all ages, from children to seniors.

Cavaliers are a sweet natured and sensitive breed, who are aware of their owner's feelings. Cavaliers excel in obedience, and should be trained with high praise and positive reinforcements. See Cavalier Safety Guidelines. Because they are very social and bred as companion dogs, they are happiest in your lap or close nearby you.

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A Cavalier's greatest joy is to be with you

Although primarily an indoor dog, Cavaliers love to frolic outdoors freely in safely enclosed yard on a manicured grassy lawn, or take walks in the neighborhood on by leash. Because they love the companionship of humans and other pets, they and are not a breed that can be left alone all day long. Cavaliers make wonderful therapy dogs and warm the hearts of all who meet them.

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Cavaliers also love the companionship of other pets

As one of the friendliest of the toy group, the Cavalier is sure to win your heart. Beautiful and sweet, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a most endearing breed of dog, cherished dearly by their owners.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has four recognized colors:

  • Blenheim (rich chestnut on pearly white background)
  • Tricolor (black, white and tan)
  • Black and Tan (black with tan markings)
  • Ruby (rich reddish-brown all over)

The Blenheim is the most popular Cavalier color. Blenheims have a distinctive spot (called a lozenge) in the middle of the crown of the head, which is affectionately called "the kiss of Buddha," "Blenheim Spot," and " the Kissing Spot."

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Two friends, a Tricolor and a Blenheim

Important Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Safety Guidelines

Training your Cavalier: Cavaliers do not respond well to harsh corrections. They are very sensitive and a stern "No!" is all they will need. NEVER hit your Cavalier with your hand or with a newspaper or any other object. This will only make him fear you. Repetition, consistency, patience, kindness and love are all you will need to train your Cavalier.

Temperature Safety: Like many toy breeds, Cavaliers do not take well to extremes of temperature. They do not like extremes of cold or heat. You must be sure that on hot days there is always a cool spot and on cold days always somewhere they can keep warm.

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Train your Cavalier with loving patience,
positive reinforcements, and high praise.

Fences and Leashes: Cavaliers MUST be kept in a securely fenced yard, keeping the Cavalier inside the yard, and other neighborhood dogs out. Invisible fencing is not recommended, as this will not prevent your Cavalier from eagerly passing through the "zap" to reach a child playing or another dog they want to meet. Also, invisible fencing will not keep out other animals that could harm your Cavalier.

Anytime you take your Cavalier out of the fenced area for a walk or romp it MUST be on a leash. Cavaliers are extremely social and friendly and will run after another animal, a child on a bike, get into a car with anyone or go into someone else's house. Cavaliers have no sense of danger and never learn to stay out of the street or that a large dog may not be friendly. They need your protection AND they need to be on a leash when out of the fenced area.

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Cavaliers must be walked by leash. Because they have
no sense of danger, protect them from cars and other dogs.

For walking your Cavalier, you should have a thin 6' leather leash and a collar, or a secure body harness with leash. Teach your Cavalier to walk at your side. NEVER use a pinch color on a Cavalier.

Cavalier Personality: Cavaliers are extremely people oriented and want nothing more than to give and receive affection and attention. They need to be with their family. Because of this, some people find them to be demanding so if you are not a person who likes a dog to kiss you on the lips, lick your ear, lie in your lap or next to you on the furniture, or share your bed, a Cavalier may not be the dog for you. Their greatest joy is to be with you. They should not be alone for long periods of time, but if they must be left alone for a short time, they will be much happier in the company of another pet.

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Because the Cavalier is a companion dog, they should not be left alone all day.
It is ideal to have another pet in the household with whom your Cavalier can spend time.

As a rule they get along well with other dogs and also cats. You must keep in mind, however, that they are a small spaniel and most still have fairly strong hunting instincts so a gerbil, hamster, rat or bird, may not be safe.

Cavalier Health: Be sure to take your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to a veterinarian for regular check ups. Groom their coats regulary, to keep it silky smooth and tangle free. Brush their teeth regularly and have teeth and gums evaluated by the veterinarian as part of yearly exam. In warmer climates and weather, the hair inside the ears should be thinned. Fur on the feet should be trimmed regularly. They need daily excerise either with indoor play or outdoor play and walks. Be sure they have plenty of playtime and snuggle time with you everyday!

Take your Cavalier for regular veterinary visits
and have lots of snuggle time together everyday!

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