Cavalier King Charles
The king of the companions, this stunning breed is well-known for
their love and affection with those who adore them.
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The king of the companions, this stunning breed is well-known for their love and affection with those who adore them. The Cavalier King Charles has an impressive history with Mary, Queen of Scots having even been walked to her beheading alongside one of these precious dogs. It’s no wonder her grandson, Charles, who was constantly surrounded by these dogs, gave name to the beloved breed.
Cavalier King Charles Facts and Information
With an eager to please personality, the Cavalier makes a great training companion. They simply love to make their owners happy, and armed with a handful of tasty treats and praise, training is a very enjoyable experience with these dogs. Like with all dog breeds it is vital you only use reward-based positive training methods. Harsh punishment will only make your precious pup scared and timid and may create problems of anxiety and stress later down the line. Early socialisation is also very important, so consider as many sights, sounds and experiences as possible during those early weeks. Enrolling in a good quality puppy-preschool is a great way to ensure your pup is getting a good dose of weekly socialisation in a safe environment. But be sure to book early, these classes typically fill up very quickly. Being a spaniel breed it is also a good idea to research their history. Chasing birds and small prey is something they have been experts at for many generations. Because of this leash walking and training is important. Understanding your chosen breeds history, is an important part of dog ownership and setting realistic expectations of your beloved pup.
The Cavalier does require a good dose grooming and care when it comes to their coat. They will need a comb and brush three to four times a week depending on their outdoor actively level. Brushing is a must to prevent painful matting. Take care around the ears and legs were tangles are most prominent. Some owners also choose to trim around the ears and feet to keep their dogs looking their best. Nail clipping is also advised for young pups so the task isn’t so daunting as adult dogs. Getting your pup ‘vet proofed’ is a great way to make those visits much less stressful. This includes desensitizing your pup to touch around the face, feet, ears and body.
Cavaliers do not need endless exercise to keep them happy, however being an energetic Spaniel, they will benefit from a good walk once a day. On-leash walking is advised as their drive to ‘give chase’ can be very strong particularly for birds or small animals. Training is important so you can both enjoy your on-leash walks. Your dog will also love a good play session in a well-fenced yard or in the comfort of your home. They also excel in dog sports such as agility.
Spaniels are known for their intelligence, so it’s important to give your pup something to do when you are not at home, or they may find huge entertainment in chewing your best shoes! They love playing games and doing anything that brings a smile to their loving owners face. For this point alone, they do not take well to endless solitary hours and will pine for the company of their pack (AKA you!). Consider boredom busting techniques and rotating home alone toys.
This breed makes the perfect family companion and will thrive alongside children who can teach them a massive array of tricks and games. However, like all dogs, children need to be taught how to correctly interact with a dog, and the dog correctly trained and socialised. They can happily get along with other dogs and even cats when introduced at a young age. They do love to give chase and time and patience needs to be given when training in regards to chasing cats etc, however your wee Cavalier happily learn to love all those creatures around them.
This breed is certainly and indoor companion and will not take well to life outdoors. They make wonderful apartment or small home dogs, and will shadow their loving owners everywhere they go. If spending days outdoors it is imperative that you have a well fenced yard so your dog does not escape and give chase to something much more fun beyond the fence-line. Check fences regularly for escape routes, and like with all dogs ensure adequate shelter from all-weather conditions.
It is very important to only source your new family member from a reputable breeding establishment, to ensure your puppy is healthy. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see mum and dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should have proof that they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments. It may take a little more time than a quick purchase, but it can save you and your family from unimaginable heartache and pain dealing with a sick puppy.