Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Other names Cavie, Cavalier, King Charles, King Charles Spaniel

Adult size Small

Variants Black & Tan, Ruby, Blenheim, Tri-colour

Coat type Medium hair, Long hair

Weight 5 - 8 kg

Height 30 - 33 cm

Life expectancy 13 - 15 years

Required daily excersie At least 30 minutes

Good with small children Yes

Non-shedding No

Hypoallergenic No


The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was quite literally born to be a companion. Also known as the “comfort dog” back in the day, doctors wrote prescriptions with this sweet-tempered and gentle therapy dog as the remedy. Cavaliers are the largest of the toy breeds and love to cuddle in your lap (they aren’t against the occasional belly rub either). This breed has more athletic instincts that you might think and will run to chase birds, rabbits, and other small critters. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will love your company as you will love theirs – rest assured you will never be lonely with a Cavalier King Charles in the house.

Lifestyle and Living Environment

The Cavie is a house dog and should by no means be kept outdoors. Their size and quiet nature make the perfect apartment dogs. A daily walk and a small fenced yard is sufficient to provide enough exercise for them to romp around. No need to worry about how these pups will interact with visitors because they are polite with everyone and peaceful with other dogs and cats. Ensure that you provide them with early socialisation for a more well-rounded and confident Cavie.

Common Health Issues

Mitral Valve Disease (MVD), Syringomyelia, Episodic Falling, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye).