History, Personality, Exercise, & Health Problems
Popularly known for its tail-wagging tendency, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is undoubtedly a cute small dog. It is a new breed, and has a prototype is the toy spaniel, that has an existence in the royal scene for ages. They can be seen in many paintings worldwide, by some notable artists, such as Gainsborough and Van Dyck. Distinctive works from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth century, these spaniels with high set ears, flat heads, and a longish nose.
This gregarious species tends to meet anyone who crosses its path, and if the stranger happens to be a dog enthusiast, and knows how to deal with a species like this, then trust us, the cavalier will be an excellent companion. Just like any other breed, the Cavalier also comes in a variety of nature. They can range from the quieter ones to the ones with a more rowdy personality. Freak not, if the pet disposes of habits like banging around in the house all the time. They won’t be an excellent choice as watchdogs, and might or might not bark when they stumble upon a stranger. Well, there can be exceptions when it comes to the watchdog ability. So, if one is looking for a dog with great watchdog skills, then buying an alarm clock will instead be a great choice.
As they naturally have a quiet and lazy nature, the Cavaliers will make an apt candidate for an apartment living. They will stay calmed and silent, with a moderately active self. A small yard is enough to satiate their exercise needs. Once in while walk, with the leash on, is a must with this breed. At times, out of excitement, they can run in front of a car, to catch a bird. It will adjust its activity schedule according to the needs of the owner. One should avoid walking this breed in warm sunny days, as they are heat intolerant.
This breed can have health issues such as Mitral Valve Syndrome, where the heart gets affected. It starts with heart murmurs and goes on to the last stage, that’s heart failure. Cavaliers develop this condition at an early age. Secondly, Episodic Falling, where the dog remains conscious during a sudden fall or seizures. Signs range from mild to massive doses of unexpected falls. Some other conditions are Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye), Patellar Luxation, and Syringomyelia (SM).
Training & Feeding
Some can be highly intelligent and will make the overall training process much easier and comfortable for the trainer. Some can dispose of habits like mouthiness, which directly means to nip, play bite, and chew frequently. Some can have a high prey drive, thus needs training accordingly. Few can even have a wanderlust tendency, along with having a habit of howling. Therefore, these dogs will need obedience training at the beginning itself.
How much a dog eats, highly depends on various factors. These factors include things like age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. A thorough consultation with the vet in this regard in highly needed.