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Cavottish History

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (also known as the King Charles Spaniel) is a small, long-bodied, short-haired, spaniel-type toy dog. The Cavalier is a loyal, affectionate, playful, and devoted family pet. The Cavalier also does well in shows. The Cavalier is a descendant of various English, Spanish, and old French gundogs. The origin of the name “Cavalier” is unknown. It may have come from the French term “cavalier” which means “knight” or “horseman”. Another theory is that the “Cavalier” moniker came from the name given to Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite spaniel. The Cavalier was originally developed in England as a gundog to retrieve shot waterfowl. The Cavalier was primarily developed by crossing the now-extinct English Water Spaniel with (usually) the long-legged smaller-sized spaniels, such as the Blenheim and Prince Charles.

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Cavottish Physical Characteristics

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small, toy-sized breed that typically measures between 8 and 11 inches at the withers and weights between 9 and 16 pounds. They have a small, rounded head with pointed ears and a plumed tail. They have short fur that is white with black or mahogany patches. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is friendly, playful, and people-oriented.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 10 – 25 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 25 lbs

Cavottish Health

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12-15 yrs

Cavottish Health Concerns

Cardiomyopathy, Atopic Dermatitis, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Hernia

Cavottish Temperament and Behaviour

The Cavottish is a lively, high-energy, and eager-to-please breed. They are extremely friendly and love showing off in front of others. They are gentle, playful, and get along well with other dogs and animals. They are protective of their families, and make great watchdogs.

Cavottish Activity Requirements

The Cavottish is an ancient, medium-sized spitz-type herding dog. They are athletic, intelligent, and make great companions, but they are not the easiest breed to train. However, with the right training and proper socialization, they can be wonderful, loyal companions. While they are not as high-energy as some other breeds, the Cavottish still needs regular exercise. They are best suited to a home with a yard where they can run and play with their family. A daily walk or a game of fetch is also a good way to keep this athletic dog happy and healthy.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cavottish is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cavottish is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Cavottish is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cavottish is part of the Unclassified group.

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