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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Average Height & Weight

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 12 to 13 inches.

Weight: 13 to 18 pounds.

Females – Height: 12 to 13 inches.

Weight: 13 to 18 pounds.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Typical Coloring

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are commonly red; chestnut and white; black, white and tan; and black and tan.





Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are companion dogs at heart. They are obedient, sweet-natured and gentle, and they enjoy being part of a family. They are very adaptable to new surroundings.




Activity Level

Some Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are happy lying around the house, but most need a moderate amount of exercise daily. A short walk or playtime in the backyard is enough for this breed, which is not as energetic as many smaller dogs.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

9 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels include mitral valve insufficiency and canine hip dysplasia. Patellar luxation and entropion are less common but still occur within the breed, while retinal dysplasia is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have a low tolerance for hot climates and a medium tolerance for cold climates. They do not do well for long periods of time outdoors.



Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels make wonderful family pets. They are affectionate toward children and friendly to other dogs and other household pets. They are also friendly to strangers.




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