Just thought I would start a group as i couldnt see one.
A member here Jen, is in the proccess of purchacing a little Blenheim girl and this would be a great place to share her experiences and pictures.
Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Temperament: loyal, friendly
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Recommended for: families, young children, older adults
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was deliberately bred as a companion dog and has fulfilled its life's work admirably.
Appearance: With a sweet rounded face, big brown eyes and soft floppy ears the Cavalier together with his outgoing friendly personality is the ultimate "cute" dog.
They are small, reaching only 31-33cm (12-13") and weighing 5-8kg (8-10lb). There are four colours, Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tri-colour (black, white and tan), black and tan, and ruby (solid red). They shouldn't be confused with the King Charles Spaniel, a dog with a shorter snout and is more reserved in nature.
Temperament: Known for their beautiful temperaments, Cavaliers are affectionate and compliant, tolerant of children and come highly recommended by many vets and are especially recommended for families with children unfamiliar with dogs and the elderly.
Health: Choose your breeder carefully when buying a pup.
Responsible breeders are screening parents and grandparents to eliminate known genetic problems such as luxating patellas (slipping kneecaps), eye defects and congenital heart problems.
Heart Mitral valve disease (MVD) is both a congenital disease and is inherited in certain lines of Cavaliers, and requires breeders only breed when the bitch reaches 5 years of age and is assertained to be heart clear. MVD is the largest cause pf death among Cavaliers and sadly, some people seem less concerned with diseases and more concerned with selling puppies.
The Cavalier makes an ideal housepet, being small, quiet and unobtrusive. They are said to be easily house-trained and do not need a big backyard, but do however require walks and stimulating games and activities.
They are not a breed that will thrive if left ouside or alone for long periods of time. They are an inside dog, prefering to crawl up in your lap at every opportunity.
Ideal owner: Cavaliers appeal to older people and young families alike, and are adaptable enough to fit in either situation. Puppies/dogs have an extremely gentle nature and may be injured if left unsupervised with children under three years, so children do need to be supervised around Cavaliers.
Grooming: The Cavalier needs bathing and a good brush for 15-20 minutes each week. When coming out of winter hair may be shed onto furnishings. The drop ears should be wiped clean and checked regularly to avoid infections.
History: Small spaniels have been favourites for many centuries with those people rich enough to keep a dog simply for pleasure, and not one that had to earn its keep. While it wasn't until the 1940s that Cavaliers were registered as a breed in their own right, they have had a rapid - and many would say deserved - rise in popularity to be Australia's 4th-most popular pedigreed breed.
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