Named after the ill-fated King Charles the II during the 17th century Renaissance, these regal pups didn’t just earn their title- they live their title through grace, beauty, intelligence and a sweet and mild temperament. Though, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may be a noble breed, they will gladly descend from their royal throne for a backyard frolic or a squirrel chase. If you’re searching for a canine companion who loves the company of others and the comfort of a lap than look no further.
Ranked one of the top breeds in the United States, the Cavalier is not without its share of health concerns. Though they are likely to live long happy lives, they are best fit for an owner who can see to it that they receive proper diet, exercise and veterinary care.
Health and Wellness Overview
- Major concerns: mitral valve insufficiency, CHD, syringomelia
- Minor concerns: patellar luxation, entropion
- Occasionally seen: retinal dysplasia
- Suggested tests: cardiac, hip, knee, eye
- Life span: 9–14 years
How do I keep my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Healthy?
As fellow pet parents we know how much you love your dog and that’s why we want you in the know of your pets overall health and well-being. It is important to know the breeder and any warranty’s offered before you adopt your forever friend.
Regular diet and exercise will help your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:
- Be more alert and content with their surroundings.
- Sleep more soundly.
- Improve socialization with both people and animals.
- Live a longer, healthier and happier life.
- Build and maintain strong bones and muscles.
- Improve their overall cardiovascular health.
The quality and types of foods cavaliers are fed can be very important for their genetic health. The Cavalier should be fed a high-quality dog food appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Since this breed is pre-disposed to some very serious progressive health conditions — mitral valve disease being the primary one — we believe it is advisable to feed cavaliers the best diets aimed at strengthening their hereditary weaknesses, such as their hearts, kidneys, liver, and blood circulatory system.
Diets, including raw meat and vegetables when possible, and under the guidance of veterinarians who are knowledgeable about canine nutrition meals is the best thing you can do for your Cavalier. By preparing your Cavaliers’ meals yourself, with proper supplements for heart-health, you can assure that they are getting the best nutrition possible.
We know your pup is family and you want to share your table scraps and that’s ok! But please do so sparingly, especially avoiding cooked bones and foods with high fat content. Treats are an important part of training, but should be given in moderation as this breed has a tendency to become overweight, which can have a negative impact on their health.
The amount of exercise your Cavalier should get is dependent upon their age and any pre-existing health conditions. A puppy will have different energy levels than that of a senior dog and so supervision is required to monitor your pup’s energy levels. Begin with slow walks allowing your little one to set the pace. An ideal walk for most Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is half an hour twice a day at a brisk pace. If you are in shape, and your dog is as well, you can try slow jogging with your pet, but be mindful of their short legs, as they tire more quickly than dogs with longer legs.
Add some variety to your dog’s Physical Education!
- Play fetch or frisbee
- Check out the neighborhood dog park
- Invite a friend with a dog to walk along
- Try out obedience and training classes
A lifestyle filled with happiness, love and balance is sure to make your Cavalier thrive. Visit premierpups.com to meet you future fur ever friend!