Originally, this breed was classified as a hunting dog but over the years they have become primarily an indoor dog. Cavaliers are very happy and affectionate, and always eager to please. They are extremely playful and patient, as well as good with children and other dogs. On the other hand, they are just as happy sitting in a lap or cuddling up on a cushion next to you, which makes them excellent pets. Cavaliers are not shy and don’t treat anyone as a stranger. They socialize well with other dogs and people. However, they do not make a good watch dog because of their friendly nature.
Quickly adapting to almost any environment, family, or location, they may live in urban, suburban or country homes. They need exercise, as do their pet parents, so routine walking and hiking are on the agenda. There are also times of quiet contentment, spending their time on the couch beside their people. Their one requirement is companionship. They can develop behavioral problems if left alone for long time periods, including separation anxiety.
Sadly, Cavaliers are prone to a number of serious health problems. The most common is mitral valve disease (MVD) in the heart, which can lead to heart failure at a very young age. MVD is associated with a heart murmur that may appear as early as two years of age. While MVD is common in many small breeds, it is a disease of old age. The difference in Cavaliers is that it may occur in very young animals, leading to premature death at five to seven years. MVD may occur at any age in Cavaliers; it is a leading cause of mortality accounting for nearly 50% of all deaths. Early detection and aggressive therapy may extend the length and quality of life for these individuals. Pet health insurance is very important to obtain when they are puppies. Pre-existing conditions are not insurable. Overall, it is advisable to obtain pet insurance on any breed of puppies as a wise pet parent.
So, do you want to have a vivacious puppy that is loving and agreeable? Would you like to be able to do outside activities as well as chill on the couch? Then the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may be just the breed for you!