Is a Cavalier For You?
Cavaliers are not just lap dogs! They are excellent agility competitors.
What Are They Like to Live With?
Cavaliers get along with everybody—cats and other pets included. They are very good playmates for children, being patient and playful, and make a good first impression with strangers. Be careful with young children (under 5) as they may accidentally hurt a Cavalier puppy. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is probably not the best choice for a watchdog as they will give away your fine silver for the price of a kiss and a hug.
Since Cavaliers were and still are bred for companionship, they need to have someone or another dog to love and keep company. It is their life's goal, to make you happy. Cavalier owners appreciate the affection and companionship they provide. They are a breed that loves deeply and needs to be loved back. They can not be left alone with out that love for long. I will not sell a Cavalier to a home where the Cavalier will be left alone for more than 3-4 hours during the day. Since they are so quiet and portable, many people bring them along when they leave the home. A puppy should not be left alone for more than 1-2 hours at most. Please consider this when deciding if a Cavalier is right for you.
Things You Should Know
Also see "Preparing for your Puppy" which guides you through the first 6 months with your Cavalier puppy.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels may look like adorable lapdogs that want nothing more than a comfy couch, but they descend from a long line of hunters. Therefore, they might not be the best choice for apartment living. Give them room to run—preferably in a fenced back yard—and take them for a jaunt in the woods now and then. However, don’t forget the leash: They love to chase cars and small critters. Being people-oriented dogs, King Charles Spaniels crave companionship and attention, rewarding their owners with equal amounts of affection. Don’t ignore them or leave them alone for too long: They can get depressed, lonely and sometimes batty. Their little spirits will suffer. A healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can live 14+ years. The common health problem is a heart condition called mitral valve disease. Our Dams and Sires are tested yearly for hereditary diseases and we give you a one-two year guarantee against those genetic issues.
They need daily brushing/combing, ear cleaning every 2 weeks, nails clipped/ground every 2 weeks, and bathing once a month.
Happy Cavaliers-Is a Cavalier Right for You?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Grooming: The medium-length coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires combing and brushing a few times a week to keep it tangle-free. Use the comb to search for tangles especially behind the ears, in their "armpits", and on their bum. Separate the tangles and comb out each section. The feathers should all be combed on the ears, legs, chest, underside, bum, and tail. The brush is for smoothing out the coat after all tangles are removed. This breed is to remain uncut for show standards. There you will find the fluffy feet and flowing feathers. Teeth need to be brushed often (Daily or at least 3-4 times a week) but be careful of sensitive teeth and gums when puppies are teething.
DIET: We start our Cavalier puppies out on Royal Canin Mini Puppy (available at major Pet Food Stores.) By the time they are 8 weeks old, they are usually eating it dry with a sprinkle of a NuVet wafer crumbled on top. All our Cavaliers receive their tasty, chewable NuVet Plus nutritional supplements everyday. I believe this has contributed to the excellent health, longevity, and quality of life they all enjoy. I am constantly getting comments from my Cavalier owners who use NuVet on how happy, healthy and gorgeous their Cavaliers are and that their coats are super soft and glossy. NuVet is an amazing supplement. Order your supply before you bring your puppy home. You may order directly from the manufacturer by calling 800-474-7044 and using Order Code: 54703. You can also save an additional 15% and assure you never run out of NuVet by choosing the “AutoShip” option at check out.
It is normal for a puppy to be temporarily reluctant to eat when transitioning into his/her new home. To encourage your puppy to eat, try crumbling a small amount of a Stella and Chewy's Chicken Dinner patty on his/her food. They can't resist the flavor and it is super healthy. Usually, the tasty NuVet wafers are more than enough to entice your puppy to eat.
When the puppies are about 8 months old we gradually switch their puppy food to Taste of the Wild (Wetlands or Pacific Stream flavor).
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Temperament: Their nickname "The Comforter Spaniel" pretty much says it all. This affectionate, devoted lapdog thrives on human contact and will love being part of your family. They will want to sleep in your bed which is wonderful for bonding. They are adaptable and can do well in either a mansion or an apartment, but they do not cope well with being left alone for long periods of time. The Cavalier is gentle, friendly, energetic, playful, and dignified. They are not yappy, but will let you know if someone is approaching your door. They are sweet and trusting, and love everyone they meet. They are incredibly sensitive and empathic. Their expressive eyes seem to tell you that they are aware of your mood. If you are feeling down, they are more than happy to cuddle you until you are feeling up again -- one of the reasons they make awesome therapy dogs! They are active and energetic, and require a moderate amount of exercise. They like to go for walks, but they also like to sleep on the couch. Just be sure they are kept on lead or fenced in, as they are not car smart. They are also prone to chase anything that moves. If a Cavalier sees a squirrel, he is focused only on that. This fun-loving breed believes in "the more the merrier" and gets along well with other pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel History
The original King Charles Spaniels were popular dogs during the reign of Charles II, who adored small dogs. In many17th-century paintings, these elegant canines sit on the laps of princes and princesses. Over the years, the breed evolved, creating a diversity of types that did not resemble the original. An American dog breeder named Roswell Eldridge went to England in the1920s to find several of the classic King Charles Spaniels. Finding few options, he offered a prize for the best female and male breeds shown at the annual Crufts show. This sparked a new interest in King Charles Spaniels, but they did not receive AKC recognition until 1996.
Stages of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy while at Happy Cavaliers
Eyes start to open at about day 13 or 14; ears open and they can hear after that.
Newborns have pink noses; then they get black spots on their noses which fill in the flesh color. This could take up to a year.
Starting to crawl around at about 3 weeks and start to acknowledge and play with each other around 4 weeks.
4 to 5 weeks teeth start coming in.
We begin Royal Canin Mini puppy that has been soaked in water at about 4 weeks, depending on how they are progressing.
We take them outside for very short periods of time (10 to 15 minutes) at about 5 weeks only if very warm. At 6 weeks they are eating their kibble dry. At about 6-7 weeks they start going out with the adults, but under our constant supervision.
We start sending them to their new homes at 8 weeks.
While with their new owners;
They lose their puppy teeth around 6 months.
Spaying/Neutering is done around 6 months.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are companion pets. They need company and they thrive on loving their humans. Please do not purchase a Cavalier if you work outside the home and your Cavalier will be alone for more than 3 hours at a time. Take them with you whenever possible.
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