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**Establish a nightly routine of BEDTIME brushing** 

  1. Are Cavaliers NON-shedding?​

    • No---Cavaliers are LOW shedding dogs.

    • What does that mean? Hair will NOT be all over your home, clothes, hands, etc. and very little mess.

    • Cavaliers DO require brushing to prevent tangles in their medium-long beautiful coat!  

  2. How often should I bathe my Cavalier?

    • Plan to bath your Cavalier once a month. ​

    • Depending on the weather (mud, beach, etc) you can bathe up to once a week without issues.

    • Gentle shampoos and conditioners. Words I look for: OATMEAL (soothing if you bath alot) & SILKY COAT (softens, flattens).

  3. Do I need to brush? What kind of Brush is best to purchase?

    • I use a NATURAL BRISTLE brush, and I spray "condioning spray" onto the brush when I brush my cavaliers.​

    • I use combs after brushing, particularly behind the ears (where mats form quickly).

    • I also keep a de-matting rake on hand for when we do get difficult mats or tangles.


  1. Are Cavaliers good with other dogs?​

    • YES! Cavaliers have a very sweet personalities. Cavalier dogs are ONE WITH THE WORLD--Cats included (squirrels are not)!!

  2. Are Cavalier dogs high energy? Do they require a large space to run?

    • No. Cavalier dogs are ADAPTABLE to whatever lifestyle the owner has. 

    • A cavalier is content and happy to sit and watch TV all day long with his owner. ​

    • A cavalier is ALSO content to go for daily jogs or runs along the beaches with his owner

    • A Cavalier dog loves his owner so much the cavalier's "lifestyle of choice" is WHATEVER his owner's lifesyle is!

  3. Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels agressive or bark alot?

    • No. In general, cavaliers are quiet dogs. They can and do bark but not excessively. ​

    • Cavaliers are not known to be agressive dogs. Their personalities are sweet and playful.

  4. Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels EASY TO TRAIN? Difficult and/or stubborn?

    • A well-bred cavalier dog is eager to please his owner! (A poorly, over-bred dog may have behavioural issues in any breed) ​

    • Cavalier dogs are very smart and attentive to their owner. They are often the "best in class" at puppy pre-school! 

    • Cavalier dogs are sensitive to correction. A stern LOOK and a disappoving TONE of voice is generally adequate to communicate your displeasure.

    • Cavalier dogs are very treat motivated! A cavalier will do just about anything for treat! 

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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a FASCINATING HISTORY!! I will try to summarize for you!

  1. AKC didn't formally recognise the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as a breed until 1995.

  2. In the 1500's, Mary Queen of Scotts imported the breed from France to England.

  3. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is named after KING CHARLES II (aka "The Cavalier King").

  4. "The Cavalier King" took AT LEAST THREE DOGS with him wherever he went.

  5. The King decreed a LAW that the dogs could not be denied entrance to any building in England (even parliament). 

  6. The King Charles II was accused of NEGLECTING HIS KINGDOM in favor of looking out for his dogs! 

  7. King Charles II died in 1685 and these original dogs (that we see in paintings) became EXTINCT

  8. From 1926 to 1928 a reward of 25 pounds sterling was offered by Roswell Eldridge for a breeder to RE-CREATE the extinct dogs from the old painings.

    • In 1928, Miss Mostyn Walker won the prize!

    • Todays cavalier King Charles Spaniels were re-recreated in 1928 from the photos in the OLD PAINTINGS!

  9. In the early 1800s, the Duke of Marlborough loved the dogs and kept a number of them with chestnut and white markings. Legend has it that when the duke went off to fight in the battle of Blenheim, his wife stayed home taking care of a spaniel giving birth.

    • To soothe both the dog and herself, the duke’s wife would press her thumb against the dog’s forehead. News arrived that the battle had been won and soon after, the puppies were born with red spots on their heads. 

    • As a result, the coloration, called the “Blenheim spot,“ was named after the battle. The family continued to breed Blenheim dogs until the early 1900s.  

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