One of the main facts about Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is that it simply loves to be with people. As a breed, their temperament is gentle and never aggressive in any way. They are also fun loving dogs that adore nothing more than to go out for a good walk and then go indoors and curl up on a comfortable lap or armchair. This is an animal that simply adores its comforts and will go to great lengths to get it.
They come in four colours:
Blenheim: Rich chestnut markings well broken up, on pearly white ground. Markings evenly divided on head, leaving room between ears for much valued lozenge mark or spot (a unique characteristic of the breed).
A rich red colour known as Ruby.
Black and white, with tan markings over the eyes, at the sides of the face, under the ears and tail, known as Tri-Colour.
Raven black with tan markings above the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest and legs and underside of tail. Tan should be bright. White marks undesirable.
They have a Coat: that is Long, silky and free from curls. Sometimes they are known to have a slight wave in the coat. Their coat also has plenty of feathering which should be totally free from trimming. Cavaliers will moult generally twice a year.
They are extremely intelligent and are fast learners. Many Cavaliers have gone on to become quite proficient at their obedience and agility classes.
They are generally good eaters and the adult dog will need one feed per day with a possible bedtime top up. Many Cavaliers get a little on the fat side, this is due to the fact that they do have the very demanding eyes. These eyes can sway owners into overfeeding these animals, but as in humans too much weight is very bad, especially for the health.
They need to be part of the family and you should not take on the breed if you haven't sufficient time to give it. A lot of thought must be given to the matter before you go ahead.
If you do decide that a Cavalier would fit into your household, you will be rewarded with the most wonderful companion. In appearance they are active, graceful and well balanced with a gentle expression.
They express characteristics which are sporting, affectionate and they are an animal that is absolutely fearless. Their temperament is sometimes known as gay, as they can be overly friendly. They are non aggressive and have no tendency towards nervousness.
The Body of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is Short-coupled with good spring of rib and a Level back. Their Tail Length should be in balance with body, well set on, carried happily but never much above the level of the back. They tend to Weigh in about 12 - 18 pounds.