A small spaniel with a short, but definite muzzle, large brown eyes and silky fur.


Toy Spaniels in a variety of colours were kept as companions and pets in royal and noble homes since at least the 16th century.  They warmed the laps of ladies in carriages and were known as spaniels gentle and comforters.  They are depicted in many paintings and were especially loved by the English monarchs, Charles 1 & Charles 11 whose names are indivisibly linked with the breed.  

Due to subsequent breeding for a very flat face and a high domed skull (now known as the “King Charles spaniel”), the original type with the longer nose all but disappeared.  An American gentleman who offered valuable prizes at Cruft’s in 1926 for a spaniel of the “old type” provided the incentive for a small group of enthusiasts to embark on the slow process of selective breeding to revive the breed. To distinguish these longer nosed and flatter skull dogs, “Cavalier” was added to the name. Separate registration as a recognised breed was granted in 1945 with the first show in 1946.

Cavaliers are now one of the most popular companion dogs.  They are adaptable and suited to many situations, particularly with families as they are extremely child friendly pets, but also with any pet owner who looking for a constant companion. As companion dogs, their desire is to be with you.  Accordingly, they do require attention and will not be happy if left for long periods alone.  They do not require heavy exercise.  However, they do enjoy a good walk.  They are easy to train and do well in obedience, agility, fly ball, and as therapy dogs.

Cavaliers have a joyful temperament and enrich the lives of those around them.  They will always be delighted to greet you at the door no matter how long you have been away.  They are extremely devoted and will love their owners all their lives.


  • Grooming Needs: A good brush at least once a week with a bath as required.
  • Coat Type: Long, silky, free from curl. Slight wave permissible, plenty of feathering – totally free from trimming.
  • Shedding: Yes
  • Exercise Requirements: Moderate.  Happy to lounge around but enjoy walks and should be kept active for physical and mental health
  • Life Span: Typically 12 to 15 years.


  • Family: Ideal for young and old, for families, and the elderly. An indoor dog who needs to be part of the family.
  • Temperament: Joyful, affectionate, playful, loyal, sociable, adaptable patient, non-aggressive, fearless (no tendency to nervousness).
  • Trainability: Eager to please and simple to train.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Usually excellent with other dogs and pets.  However, this does depend on the circumstances.
  • Barking: Not known for watchdog tendencies but will bark to warn of intruders.


Sporting, very capable in obedience, agility, fly ball, and agility trials

Also used as therapy dogs.


Breeding stock should be specialist tested for known health issues, particularly clear Heart and Eyes.

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Stand Number: B148