With origins tracing back to the 16th century Far East, King Charles Spaniels first came to prominence when King Charles II of England added one to the royal family. Since then, these dogs have been inextricably linked to English royalty. Although these dogs love a belly rub and to snuggle on the couch, their Spaniel nature will occasionally shine through in the form of chasing birds and causing mischief. Placid and stable in nature, King Charles Spaniels make for excellent therapy dogs, in both hospitals and nursing homes. Their watchdog prowess is not quite as adept, these dogs more likely to greet intruders than to hurt them!
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Small in stature and easygoing in nature, King Charles Spaniels adapt extremely well to apartment living. Their exercise needs are towards the lower end of the scale, with only around 30 minutes of exercise required each day. If you do have a backyard, it is extremely important that this is dog-proofed appropriately as these dogs have very little street smarts and so will be at risk if they escape. King Charles Spaniels love affection and have a dependent personality, and so regular contact is essential. These dogs are also great with children of all ages, and so make for the perfect family pet.
Common Health Issues
Mitral Valve Disease (MVD), Syringomyelia (SM), Episodic Falling, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye).