The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a
happy outgoing, loving little dog who will get along well with children, other
dogs and cats.
They are not kennel dogs and because of
their long association with their owners and development as a lap dog they make
The " Cavalier " is a direct descendant
from the small spaniels of the 16th Century of which King Charles II was very
fond. There are many paintings of toy spaniels as lap dog companions showing a
small dog with a flat head, high set ears and a rather pointed nose.
Over the years the breed evolved into
what we know today as the King Charles Spaniel or English Toy Spaniel., with a
domed skull, low set ears and a short nose.
Breeders then started searching for stock
which resembled the older paintings and from the late 1920s there was a
revival of the breed with a fuller muzzle and the distinctive name Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel.
The pages listed opposite are designed to
give you advice on obtaining a Cavalier.