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|Club:||Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Phone:||0403 535 649|
Background As the name suggests, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel proudly traces its ancestry back to the royal courts of England and to Blenheim Palace. Beyond that the dogs of Spain and Holland were of the spaniel type and were popular as "comforters" or "ladies’ dogs”. The Merry Monarch, Charles the Second, was devoted to his dogs - almost to the point of addiction. The travelled with him everywhere and the sign "Beware of the Dog" probably originated in his court, meaning not that they were dangerous, but rather as a caution not to tread on them! Contrary to popular belief they do not have free access to all Royal parks, palaces and public buildings in England; they just behave as if they do, and it would not do to disillusion them!
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Cavaliers live from between 10 to 15 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Vital, energetic, ebullient, active, loving, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes the perfect family pet, but it must be stressed they are dogs that belong with people. They are not dogs to be left alone or house outside as they thrive on human contact. Cavaliers are bred in four colours: Blenheim: Rich chestnut markings on a pearly white ground. The markings on the head should be equally divided giving a masked effect and leaving room in the middle for the prized "Blenhein Spot" - which may not always be present. Tricolour: A black and white dog with tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, inside the legs, behind the elbows and on the underside of the tail. Black and Tan: Absolutely raven black coat with tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, inside the legs, behind the elbows and under the tail. Ruby: Whole colour rich red with no white markings at all.
Compatibility with other pets Excellent.
Care Requirements Apart from all their excellent qualities, they do drop coat twice a year and have poor road sense, so outside the well-fenced family property they should always be kept on a lead. If you are contemplating buying a Cavalier please make certain that your fences are secure. All dogs will dig when young and will find a way out if it is at all possible. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a healthy breed. Puppies obtained from a responsible breeder will have been given their initial vaccinations.
Please Take Note Annual checks and inoculation are essential, as is regular worming. Your veterinarian will explain the dangers of heartworm and advise on the preventative measures. It should be noted that certain weeds and grasses might have adverse affects.
Ideal Owner/s Suited to family circumstances or retired people. These dogs will return years of loving pleasure. They are excellent with children and the aged. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. They are FAMILY DOGS and to exclude them from close human contact will break their hearts.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.