Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Davinia and Indiana
The Cavalier is an elegant, energetic toy breed that is compatible for city or country life. Successful in conformation shows, obedience and agility, they also make wonderful therapy dogs due to their sweet, gentle natures. Their silky coats come in four colors – Blenheim as seen above (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black, white, and tan), Ruby (solid red) and Black and Tan.
The Cavalier is an active, graceful, well-balanced toy spaniel, very gay and free in action; fearless and sporting in character, yet at the same time gentle and affectionate. It is this typical gay temperament, combined with true elegance and royal appearance which are of paramount importance in the breed. Natural appearance with no trimming, sculpting or artificial alteration is essential to breed type. Height 12 to 13 inches at the withers; weight proportionate to height, between 13 and 18 pounds.
Cavaliers are generally healthy, sturdy, small dogs. However, as with many other breeds, there are health concerns. The number one health concern is a form of degenerative valve disease called Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) which is why it is so important that is you are going to purchase a Cavalier you make sure you are working with a breeder who tests their breeding dogs before they are bred in order to ensure healthy happy puppies. Cavalier Clubs throughout the world are active in fighting diseases and disorders in this beloved breed by providing health clinics, funding breed specific research and delivering breed education programs. Ask the breeder for health records and longevity reports on his bloodlines. Good breeders will be happy to supply you with detailed information. While other genetic issues have been highlighted in recent years the person who created the program was not producing a documentary but a sensationalist made for tv movie.