AVERAGE LIFE SPAN: 12-14 years
AVERAGE SIZE OF ADULT: Small
GROOMING NEEDS: Medium
EXERCISE NEEDS: Medium
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS), is a member of the toy group of dogs. Originating from King Charles Spaniel and named for King Charles II, he was been bred to have a much flatter nose than the King Charles Spaniel.
His popularity is partly due to his royal connections and some even believe he has adopted certain Royal characteristics through the years.
This adorable little dog has a short, soft coat that feathers at the bottom. His eyes are slightly bulging, he has long floppy ears and a long tail set fairly high on the animal’s body. His coat can be either red and white, black and white, tri-coloured or all red. CKCS are bred for the temperaments as much as their looks. They are affectionate, gentle, friendly dogs that are easy to train and make great companions.
He can weigh anything up to 12kg or more and markings can vary widely. It should however, be noted that this breed does suffer from certain hereditary health conditions. It is important therefore to check with the breeders before buying a CKCS puppy that it has been screened where appropriate and to check the health of the parents.
They are prone to syringomyelia, hereditary eye disease such as cherry eye, dislocating kneecaps (patella), back problems, ear infections and early onset of deafness or hearing trouble.
They are also prone to obesity,so owners should be careful not to overfeed and to regularly exercise their CKCS. Syringomyelia is an extremely serious condition in which fluid develops within the spinal cord near the brain. Although extremely rare in most breeds it has become quite common in the CKCS in recent years. The healthy CKCS has a life expectancy of around nine to 14 years old.
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