The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was originally bred to warm the laps of Royalty. This breed is highly affectionate, playful, extremely patient and eager to please. They are good with children and other dogs. They will adapt quickly to almost any environment, family, and location and suit city, townhouse and country life. The breed is well known for its loving temperament. They are however very people dependant and don’t do well left alone for long periods.
The Cavalier's coat requires a lot of brushing, but no trimming with the exception of the fur under their feet. Trimming destroys the sleek outer coat. Brushing is recommended at least twice weekly.
When selecting a Cavalier, there are several potential health problems that it is important to be aware of. One that eventually occurs with most dogs of the breed is mitral valve disease. This is a condition that can lead to heart failure. Syringomyelia, a condition of the brain and spine, is also quite common.
Reputable breeders are aware of these health problems. Therefore, it is important to buy from a breeder who does the following tests:
MRI for Syringomyelia (SM)
Heart tests for Mitral Heart disease
Eye Testing from the specialist eye clinics
Genetic testing for Dry Eye, Curly Coat and Episodic Falling
Tests for luxating patella
Please insist on seeing the above tests on the parents of any puppy you are considering buying.
Article Written By:
Karen Lange of Jarokay Cavaliers