Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Small Size

Moderate shedding

Good for first time owners

Toy spaniels have been popular for centuries - and this one takes its name after one very influential fan: King Charles II. The breed changed over time into the flatter-faced type now known as the King Charles Spaniel, and so a competition was launched at Crufts in 1926 to recreate the breed of old.


Attractive to ...

Those who want a beautiful, sweet, charming companion that fits easily into most home environments and lifestyles.

Not the best for ...

Not many people - these dogs are ideal for most. However, don't overlook the serious health conditions in the breed.


Toy Spaniel, Charlies, Prince Charles Spaniel, Ruby Spaniel, Blenheim Spaniel, Cavvy, Cav

Cross between



United Kingdom


Small - but bigger than most cats

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.


Jacket and skinny trousers
Any feathering can get knotty. Some coats self-clean by depositing mud all over the kitchen floor.


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

11 years

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