Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Height: Female: 30 – 33 cm (Adult), Male: 30 – 33 cm (Adult)
Weight: Female: 5.9 – 8.2 kg (Adult), Male: 5.9 – 8.2 kg (Adult)
Color: White, Orange & White, Lemon & White
Life Expectancy: 9 – 12 years
Temperament: Blenheim, Tri-color, Black & Tan, Ruby
Litter Size: 3 - 5 puppies
Health Problems: Prone to syringomyelia, hereditary eye disease such as cherry eye, dislocating kneecaps (patella), back troubles, ear infections, early onset of deafness or hearing trouble. Sometimes hip dysplasia. It is wise to check the medical history of several previous generations before choosing your puppy.
Despite not receiving separate Kennel Club status until 1944, by 1970 the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel found itself among the top 10 most popular breeds.
This beautiful small spaniel has dark round expressive eyes that are large but not prominent.
The tail is sometimes docked to no less then three times its length. It has a conical muzzle and a flat skull. It has a shallow stop, with well developed nose and wide nostrils.
The ears are long with abundant feathering. It has a silky coat, sometimes with a slight waviness that comes in ruby, black & tan, tri-color and blenheim (rich chestnut on a pearly-white background).
On Blenheim dogs, a chestnut-red spot on top of the head between the ears is preferred by breeders, but not critical. Blenheim = red and white Prince Charles = tricolor King Charles = black and tan Ruby = rich mahogany red.