Top 5 Reasons to Own a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Updated on February 21, 2016
Tri Colored Cavalier - Merri Pippin
Tri Colored Cavalier - Merri Pippin | Source

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

The secret is out. The world has finally discovered this wonderful little spaniel and there's no getting away from it now. These are quite possibly the most loving and affectionate breed of dog alive today. Yes, I'm a big fan, but with good reason.

I have been fortunate enough to be able to share my daily life with these incredible dogs. I found my first Cavalier well over 16 years ago, when most people didn't know what breed they were—excluding England where they are very popular. After all, King Charles II royally named them after himself. In fact, they were often prescribed by physicians during that time as "lap warmers." Only blue bloods and royals were allowed to own them.

So, here are the top five reasons that this breed is so great.

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5. Beautiful

Blenheim Cavalier Puppy
Blenheim Cavalier Puppy | Source

They often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But most will agree that Cavaliers are beautiful.

  • Their coats are soft and silky, much like velvet. They have hair but not so much that they need regular visits to the groomer.
  • They are often called the wash 'n wear dogs—for good reason. A good sized sink or bathtub is all that is needed to clean them.
  • Additionally, they don't have an oily coat so most people that are allergic to dogs will not have adverse reactions to this breed. This also ensures that they don't have that dreaded "dog smell" that many other breeds have a day or so after their bath. We call them clean dogs for a reason. T
  • They are easily maintained and aren't overly fond of dirty things. But that being said they are still, at the end of the day, dogs.

4. Intelligent

Black & Tan Cavalier pup
Black & Tan Cavalier pup | Source

Brains and beauty. Cavaliers have loads of both.

  • They are extremely tuned in to their humans. As one of the cleverest breeds there is today, it is hard to not spoil them.
  • They are so smart that they aren't afraid to use their good looks to get what they want. Just one look into those big brown soulful eyes and we melt. You'll find yourself asking what you can get for them. A treat, maybe? A belly rub? A nice walk? They have us figured out and can get us to jump through hoops with a slight tilt of the head and a blink of the eye.
  • I'm not saying they are overachievers, because they aren't. This is one of their most endearing qualities. In fact, if you arrive home bushwhacked and tired, they aren't going to demand 50 rounds of ball toss. They will wag their tail non-stop and just want to snuggle, if that's okay with you.

3. Temperament

Ruby Cavalier puppy
Ruby Cavalier puppy | Source

When considering the various components of personality, we come to what we call temperament. There are many facets of the personality but the Cavalier has an overwhelmingly positive number of attributes. I'll describe a few of the more common ones. Please realize that this is not an exhaustive list and that each individual dog will respond to its environment as well.

  • Sensitivity and understanding are highly developed traits in the cavalier. If you are sick in bed, they will be your constant companion. They are also often therapy dogs.
  • Compassion for other creatures. I have seen them walk right on past some chickens foraging around—I don't think they would harm a flea. There have been rare occasions where I have found mice in their mouths, yet the mouse hasn't been harmed. Of course they weren't giving the mouse up easily either.
  • They adapt their play to what or whomever they are interacting with. They are equally happy sitting with the children while they play with their toys, or hiking up a long winding trail in the mountains
  • Their temperament truly allows them to be the perfect companion and lap warmer—which is what they do best.

2. Attitude

Blenheim Cavalier puppy
Blenheim Cavalier puppy | Source

It can make a bad situation good or visa-versa. With this breed however, their attitude is easy going and well mannered. This is why so many people take them with them almost everywhere they go, because they are so well behaved in public.

  • They don't bark at other dogs or show any signs of aggression. That is actually foreign to them (aggression).
  • When sitting at a coffee shop one day, I was just observing my dog that was with me, and it dawned on me that she was waiting for the folks at another table to come over and say hello to her. She sat there wagging her tail, looking directly at them, and yes they did finally come over and introduce themselves to us and to her. She was happy with the outcome. Patience is a virtue and that day she displayed just how much she has.
  • Cavaliers also live in the moment, which is a wonderfully refreshing reminder of how we need more in our daily lives.They don't live in the past and hold grudges. Nor do they live in dreams of the future. They simply enjoy the moment as they are, in the present.

1. Love

Blenheim Cavalier - Ellie Mae
Blenheim Cavalier - Ellie Mae | Source

Above and beyond all of the aforementioned qualities that make these such an outstanding dog, the number one quality is love. They love everyone and everything. They are love sponges. They have buckets of love. The sayings go on and on.

  • I have seen them turn dog haters into dog lovers. Really, I have.
  • They have put smiles on countless children's faces along with some complimentary licks.
  • Until one has experienced the pure love that they so freely offer, it is hard to truly understand. The amazing part of it all is that their supply is endless. They have enough love for every one that comes into their realm.

This one trait above all the others is what makes these spaniels so royal. It's as if they know that they are from royalty and humbly embrace it. Once you have been owned by a cavalier, there is never any turning back.


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      5 weeks ago

      Have my first Cav which is now 5 months old. I lost my 15 year old golden and wanted a smaller version of him. Well, I have found it and more. Nothing can ever replace my golden boy but my Cav has certainly managed to fill some pretty big paws. He is the sweetest boy, always pleasing, lovable and smart. Yes, they are expensive if chosen from a good breeder but we'll worth it in my opinion.

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      6 weeks ago

      we got 2 cavaliers and they are gorgeous and loving

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      Sheila Lecuyer 

      3 months ago

      I would like to known how much Cavaliers cost on average.

      My EMail address is

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      4 months ago

      We have just picked up our first one from the breeder. Tricolor boy. Already in love :)

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      4 months ago

      Currently siting here with my tri coloured Cavalier - Brodie who is snoring above the TV . He's our third Cavalier and we've adored them all. Wonderful companions and hugely loved by all the family

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      5 months ago

      Ours is called rosie.had her from 8 weeks old.not even as big as my shoe.very funny and playful and gets very jelous of the parrot getting attention.she is now 3 and spoilt rotten.even has a pink purse with weekly pocket money.its sad but they deserve lots of breed ever.simply gorgeous dogs

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      5 months ago

      We have out Tigger and he is melting us all.

      My dream is to retire and bread Cavaliers for kids.

      I think Cavaliers are humans disguise as dogs.

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      5 months ago

      Do they shed a lot of hair? I feel I do have allergies so was originally thinking I’d have to forget about this breed, but I really do want one. Will it effect any allergies majorly?

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      5 months ago

      I found my Cinnamon 5 years ago at a rescue after my Chloe (a lab/cocker mix) went to the Rainbow Bridge. Cinnamon was rescued by Animal Care & Control.

      I never thought I would love again - I love my Cinnamon so very, very much & we saved eachother. She is a WONDERFUL girl & I love her so very much.

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      6 months ago

      I'd love to find a breeder, not a dog factory!

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      Anita Zippiroli 

      11 months ago

      I am in need of a service dog and this is the breed I want. I have a trainer but finding a young one I can afford is an issue.

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      13 months ago

      Best breed ever.

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      20 months ago

      Where to find an excellent breeder in the Pacific NW? Thank you.

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      Greta M. 

      2 years ago

      I got a cavalier 1.5 years ago and it changed my whole view on dogs. I can't even call her a dog, as she looks like an adorable alien creature slash soft toy, she doesn't smell (even dirty she smells like a regular human would, not like a god), and she is the kindest thing you'll ever meet. I can't remember a time she was roaring at someone, aside from active games. She likes other dogs, cats, birds and people. She will approach any person at the street and ask for a cuddle. She likes to listen to compliments how pretty and nice she is, that looks hilarious :3

      Also she is surprisingly smart. I've tried to train her at home and we learned 15 commands in a year with no problems whatsoever.

      The only unconvinient thing in this breed is long coat (my Astrid is a Blenheim so her white paws need to be washed after every walk).

      Though the coat is gorgeous-looking, so it's worth it.

      Anyway, Cavaliers are the best thing a person can get from a dog. Beautiful, kind and extremely intelligent.

      Now all of my friends want to own one as well ;D

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      3 years ago

      my wife hated dogs but now we have ower geoge she adors him.

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      3 years ago

      Wanted one FOREVER but haven't gotten one yet.:(

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      3 years ago

      Tom, couldn't of said it better myself, they're wonderful doggies.

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      3 years ago

      We have four and they are the best. They mold to how you live and can't give enough love.

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      6 years ago

      I suppose it's all relative... It took me almost 2 years to get my first one. I saved and saved and saved :)

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      6 years ago

      Yes, we think so. We've had these wonderful little doggies for over 16 years and love them even more if that's possible.'

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      6 years ago

      They are the perfect dog!

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      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Would love to own one, but they cost too much.

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      Jia Xean 

      6 years ago

      They are so cute!!


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