Cavalier King Charles Spaniels


As King Charles II’s namesake, it comes as no surprise that these pups are friendly, sweet, and devoted—all traits fit for a royal pet!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a relatively new breed, but are descendants of toy spaniels that have been around for centuries. These dogs were the pets of aristocrats, and were so beloved by King Charles the II that he gave the breed his name. Today, the breed has evolved into the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed, and these dogs are loved by all. In fact, you might just recognize the breed on Sex and the City! Charlotte’s pup is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

So, what makes this breed so darn lovable, from kings, to celebrities, to families? A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog is devoted, affectionate, and incredibly friendly. These pooches love nothing more than spending hours with their humans. They love to play, they love to cuddle, and they love to be around you! 

Why We Love the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an extraordinarily sweet and gentle disposition. They often work as therapy dogs!
  • These pups are naturally well behaved, which means training your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is a breeze.
  • They get along with everyone—even your cat!
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs thrive in a family environment. They love to be around their humans and are always looking for a lap to curl up in.

Things to Consider

  • At their core, these dogs are spaniels—this means chasing anything and everything outdoors. Make sure to keep your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on a leash or in a fenced yard.
  • That soft and pretty coat will shed, especially during the fall and spring!
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are dependent. They need to be around their humans often. Make sure you have plenty of time to dedicate to your pooch!

Why Rescue?

Some say Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the perfect house pet. They’re sweet, playful, gentle, and energetic, which makes them incredibly popular among families in the United States. However, this popularity means Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are often overbred. Overbreeding can exacerbate health issues in the breed, such as Mitral Valve Disease, syringomyelia, and hip dysplasia. Help these precious pups escape overbreeding. If you’re looking to adopt a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog, check out a rescue instead!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy or an adult companion, there are tons of rescues that can’t wait to meet you. Here are just a few:

Type
Toy
Temperament
Loving, gentle & playful
Avg. Weight
13 - 20 lbs
Grooming
Frequent
Avg. Life Span
9 - 14 years
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels near 20149
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Animal Rescues near 20149
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Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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