Basic Requirements: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels require a moderate amount of exercise, which they can get by playing with the family.
Temperament: Happy, friendly dog. Good with children. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are true lap dogs
The breed is highly affectionate, and some have called the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 'the ultimate lap dog'. However, they require a great deal of human companionship and do not do well if left alone for long periods of time. Most dogs of the breed are extremely patient and eager to please. As such, dogs of the breed are usually good with children and other dogs.
The breed suffers from a number of congenital defects, most significantly, Syringomyelia, a condition affecting the brain and spine, causing symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain and partial paralysis. Another health issue is mitral valve disease. This condition can begin to emerge at an early age, and is present in many Cavalier King Charles Spaniels by 5 years of age. Responsible breeders are attempting to breed only from dogs that exhibit a later onset of the disease.
Another common defect among Cavaliers is keratoconjunctivitis sicca, colloquially known as "dry eye". The usual cause of this condition is an autoimmune reaction against the dog's tear ducts, reducing the production of tears. The condition requires continual treatment and if untreated may result in partial or total blindness.
I am absolutely fascinated by the breed. I looked very deeply into the Cavalier before I got Ella. They are stunning and very intellgent. As well as drop dead gorgous. I think if I ever do get another breed of dog it would be a cavalier. I love the Blenheim colored ones!
I've seen loads of them on Animal Planet dog shows but I'd never seen one in person until just the other day. I ran into Starbucks (my boss gave me one of those cards for my birthday or I would never have paid those insane prices) and when I came out, there was a Cavalier King Charles waiting in the car parked next to mine. He couldn't have been more adorable.
I used to have one when I was younger called Lucky she was my first ever dog but they're a great breed I actually first fell in love with the chihuahua when I was at crufts on cavalier (toy) day I'll see if I can find a piccy of her, I had a blenheim (red and white) and my friend has a ruby (tan/red) boy