Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Training Profile
Weight: 13 to 18 pounds
Height: 12 to 13 inches
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Temperament and Behavior
These sweet, caring dogs make great companions. Not only that, but their size makes them perfect for smaller spaces, such as apartments in big cities.
These dogs are part of the larger Toy Spaniel dog breed. Charles I and Charles II, who ruled England in the 17th century, loved Toy Spaniels — particularly those that were black and tan, one of four colors bred today.
Eventually, these dogs were named after Charles II, who supposedly cared more about breeding his spaniels than he did ruling.
However, before the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel existed, British aristocrats started breeding them with other dogs to create a few different lines of Toy Spaniels.
Then, in the 1920s, an American named Roswell Eldridge offered a cash prize for any breeder who could replicate the original Toy Spaniel, as seen in old British paintings. Breeders managed to do it, and this new, old-style breed became the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Cavalier spaniels are very adaptable dogs. While they have been bred to be companion dogs and will be happy staying indoors and lazing around with their owners, they are also happy embracing their Spaniel roots and being active and playful.
They love cuddling with people and are often used as therapy dogs. However, their caring nature makes them bad guard dogs. And since they thrive on human companionship and love, it’s not good to leave Cavaliers alone for long periods of time.
Training Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Cavalier spaniels are not typically aggressive dogs. If they do show signs of aggressive behavior, it should be addressed right away.
Since it’s unlike these dogs to show aggression, it could be the result of pain or another medical issue. It could also be related to an emotional problem, such as being left alone too much.
To stave off possible problems before they start, it’s always good to engage in early socialization and puppy training courses with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
They love to please their owners, and they respond well to training. In fact, they often excel at obedience courses and love participating in dog sports, such as agility and rally courses.
You should keep them on a leash at all times while going on walks because of their curious nature. They easily smell intriguing scents and tend to follow them and not come when called.