Information about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small and sociable breed of dog. This breed has one of the longest names, and it’s often referred to as just “Cavalier”. Cavalier Dogs are originally from England and have become famous worldwide thanks to their appearances in TV and movies, like Lady and the Tramp. This breed is active and playful, and can be suitable for both adults and children.

Read our guide below to see if Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the pet for you.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed information

If you’d like to get to know the breed a little more closely, here are a few key traits and facts about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

How long do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live?

As a fairly small breed, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s life expectancy ranges from 9 to 14 years old.

How big do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels get?

They weigh around 6 to 8 kg and they can grow up to 33 cm in height. Their characteristic head is almost flat on the forehead with long, fluffy ears. Their tail is set high and long, and their paws are quite small.

Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed?

Cavalier dogs have medium-length silky hair, which they shed moderately to heavily all year long. You can brush your Cavalier Spaniel regularly to help remove loose dog hair.

Should I get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a friendly breed that usually adapts easily to any home. This can make them an ideal pet for anyone looking to get their next fur baby. However, you must take into account that even though they are very calm, they usually do not sit still. They like to be active and spend time outdoors. The Cavalier can have good health as long as it's given the proper care. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel personality

Cavaliers are usually dogs with loving and very extroverted personalities. They can be an excellent companion for children and even for the elderly, as long as they have someone to play with them.

The Cavalier usually has a good temperament. Additionally, The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel tends to get along with strangers very well and is not usually conflictive, but rather noble and patient.

Something to consider is that Cavalier King Charles dogs have a strong hunting instinct. If you have other smaller animals such as birds, you will have to keep them safe from this dog’s natural curiosity and playfulness, as they may end up getting hurt.

Taking care of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Regarding their coats, these dogs have a lot of wavy hair. It is long, lush, abundant, and silky smooth. This is why it is important to brush it at least every other day to avoid tangles and dead hairs and keep it in good condition. Pay special attention to the area of the ears and extremities where they usually present more knots.


Cavaliers are usually active and playful, which is why it might be necessary to take them for a walk at least once a day. Cavaliers don’t usually need to take long walks, but they do love the activity and playing. This means that it can be important to have toys and things that they can use to chase or play with around the house.


To feed a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, you must take into account that they need a lot of nutrients. Providing good quality food according to their size and age could keep them from becoming overweight.

Cavaliers can be fed using natural products or dry food. They could have a tendency to food insensitivities or allergies, so if you notice any signs that your dog is unwell, check in with your vet for their recommendations.

Common Cavalier King Charles Spaniel health conditions

Like most dog breeds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are susceptible to certain health conditions. Here are some examples:

Mitral valve disease (MVD)

Cavalier dogs can be prone to this congenital pathology which affects the heart. If not treated in time, it could lead to heart failure, and ultimately death. Your vet might be able to listen for a heart murmur at your dog’s check-up. If you notice your Cavalier being less active than usual, it’s worth an extra check.

Mitral valve disease (MVD)

Ear and eye infections

These dogs can also be vulnerable to ear and eye infections. This could be prevented by cleaning their ears with a wet cotton bud. Keeping the eye area gently and frequently cleaned can also help to avoid eye infections.

Ear and eye infections


The cost of insuring a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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