Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Things You NEED To Know

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Things you NEED To Know

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Before the Corgi became the symbol or pet royalty, there was another breed dog that was best known as the companion of kings and nobility. This is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are a beautiful dog with long frizzy ears and a beautiful tail that bobs left and right every time the dog is on the move. What a sight to behold.

These beautiful dogs are best known for their love for the people that are around them. They bond very deeply with their owners that it becomes a problem trying to separate yourself from them. If you were looking for something that disregards all rules of privacy, then this is definitely the dog that you should get.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog is well known for following its owners every move, including following the humans to the bathroom.

In spite of this, they are a beautiful dog that form the best pets that the casual dog owner would want in their every day lives.

Origin

As you may have already extrapolated from the name of the breed, this particular dog was a favorite of King Charles II, ruler of Great Britain and Ireland. It is often said that he loved the dogs so much that he decreed that they be allowed into any establishment, regardless of the policy that the building owners had on dogs.

Although this has never been confirmed, it speaks to a dedication that the king had towards the dogs.

This particular dog is of the group of dog breeds known as toy breeds. They have been so named because of their diminutive stature. However, they are still much of a dog as any larger breed.

This particular breed is a derivative of the King Charles Spaniel. This particular dog breed had been bred over the years to work on features that kennel clubs and other breeders thought would be more appealing. This included crossing them with pugs to reduce their muzzles. This is why the King Charles Spaniels of today look the way they do.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog is a slightly different breed. These are larger than King Charles Spaniel and have different features such as a longer muzzle. Over the years and with efforts from the different breeders, the physical characteristics of the breed had changed.

However, in the 1920s, there arose a different standard. The King Charles Spaniels that have been immortalized in art form next to King Charles were noticed to have been slightly larger, and had longer muzzles. Attempts were made to return the breed back to its original form.

The first efforts were not really successful. As time wore on though, successes started being recorded. This was despite the refusal of the kennel club to recognize this new breed. It was until the war years of the Second World War that significant progress was made after importation of two males from the UK. This was the beginning of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies that you see today.

Characteristics

If you are looking for a pet that will be there for you and your new family, then this is the exact dog that you need to get. These dogs are known for being friendly around people, and especially good with toddlers. You won’t have to worry about the dog lashing out at your children.

The are also the child’s perfect partner. They are energetic and love spending their days playing in the home or in the yard with the children. Your family and your guests will never have to get bored when they have a dog that has a beautiful personality around them.

These dogs are quite easy to train. This is mostly due to their eagerness to please and their willingness to get things done.

With that said, there are a few things you should look out for. Even though they are quite small, they actually were bred for hunting. While they can be good with other pets, poor socialization could result in unintended consequences. Their hunting instinct could kick in and they begin targeting the cat and other birds in your yard as prey.

The very thing that makes them a good pet also means they are candidates for developing severe separation anxiety. While they may bond very well with the people in the home, they tend to do well in homes where there is someone in the house throughout the day.

They tend to become nervous and can become destructive when they are left alone for too long. This ability to deeply bond with the family also means that they will need frequent attention from the family.

Exercise & Training.

As a breed originally meant for hunting, these Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies can keep up with you should you decide to go for a run. You should not, however, that they are mostly indoor dogs. This is because they don’t do so well in the heat of the day. If you are planning on taking them for walks, these would be best done in the early mornings or evenings when the temperatures outside are not so high.

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy will easily adjust to whatever exercise schedules you come up with for it. You have to give them regular exercise though. They have been known to pile on the pounds and this could lead to other serious issues.  An hour of exercise each day should help the pup keep away the weight, and also help with training.

Training that pup is essential. This is especially true as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is not really good with obedience training. It takes patience and a few tries to get things right. You can use a variety of techniques to help you get the outcome that you require.

One of these is positive reinforcement. This is one of the best ways to get this dog to start obeying some of the most fundamental commands you can give. You could also try clicker training for more advanced training commands.

After some time, you will need to stop giving them treats whenever you feel like, or they demand. You can get them to work for the treats instead. This helps keep them motivated and also helps tire them out.

General Care

As a toy dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog is averse of the issues that face some of the larger dog breeds. Hip dysplasia common with German Shepherds comes to mind. However, your dog is not entirely immune to any and all diseases out there.

There are those diseases and health issues that have a higher tendency of occurring with this particular breed. This could be a result of environmental factors and sometimes can even be an issue with genetics.

  • Dental Disease: This is a very common issues with this particular breed. They may start to develop tartar build up on their teeth. This can then progress to infection of the gums and root of the teeth. If not dealt with, this could further degenerate into issues affecting their heart, liver, kidneys and the joints.
  • Obesity: As mentioned earlier, regular exercise is important. The owners do love their pets and they will tend to show with how frequently they feed them, and how large the portioning of the meals is. As a house dog, neglecting to give them plenty of exercise will mean that they will pile on the pounds.
  • Parasites: This is a common occurrence with all dogs, either due to environmental factors or their food. Ticks and fleas can be easily dealt with by regular bathing and application of medication. Others like heartworms, hook worms and roundworms can be as a result of the water that they drink, the food they eat, playing in contaminated soil and even getting bit by mosquitos. It is important you visit a vet from time to time to test for these issues. Choosing to wait until you notice symptoms could be too late for the pup.
  • Heart failure: This is the number one problem facing the Charlies, especially in their sunset years. This issue is caused by the valves of their heart no longer being able to close as tight as before. This causes blood to flood back into their hearts and causing congestion and further strains the heart. This problem can be monitored and is advised to do so regularly. As the dog ages, the frequency of this testing should increase to more than just once every year. If this condition is discovered early, it becomes easy to treat and manage over the long haul. This will help increase their life span.

Conclusion

The Charlie is a wonderful dog to be around and to have around you. If you are working from home, or are spending all your time at home, this is the best dog you could have. They easily adapt to the environments they are put in, and they make some of the best house pets that one could ever need.

Whats Next

Hopefully this gave you more information about the Akita Inu dog breed, if you want to know more information about any other dog breed read my posts:

A-Z Top 57 Dog Breeds 2019 (Part 1)

A-Z Top 57 Dog Breeds 2019 (Part 2)

A-Z Top 57 Dog Breeds 2019 (Part 3)

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