With the affectionate traits of a toy dog and the effortless athleticism of a sporting spaniel, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the best of both worlds.
Cavaliers have a long history with English royalty and were the apple of their namesake's eye. King Charles II was said to be more concerned with his spaniels than with ruling Britain.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sheds moderately. It is natural for them to shed most in the spring and fall as a response to the season changing.
The Cavalier's silky coat requires occasional brushing and bathing to stay in its best condition. Their ears are prone to buildup and should be checked weekly to prevent infections. Nails should be trimmed as part of regular grooming.
Cavaliers make great lapdogs, but they also retained sporting instincts, which means they enjoy brisk outdoor play. Their exercise requirements are moderate.
Because they retain scenting and hunting instincts, they must be monitored when outdoors. They enjoy chasing smaller animals and following scent trails.