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      22.09.2014 15:04
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      • "Wonderful with Children"
      • "Really sweet"

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      A wonderful breed marred by very serious health issues

      CKC is a great breed, they enjoy life, they love their family, they are very sweet and really excellent with children they really make an excellent family pet. Their soft, downy coat does require care to avoid serious mats, a good daily brushing concentrating especially behind the ears and on the inside of the legs is essential for a happy, healthy dog. Matts are uncomfortable and even painful for the dog and can cover up bites, infections etc. They can also become quite smelly. If the most you can manage is a daily brushing then a trip to the groomers every 6 weeks or so in order to keep the coat tidy, healthy and comfortable for the dog is a must.

      CKC while wonderfully sweet in disposition will not win any awards for cleverness, in fact they are a little dopey but for me this just adds to their charm.

      CKC is a notoriously unhealthy breed, pet insurance is a must for them. There are many diseases that are literally synonymous with the CKC. Mitral Valve Disease is very common in the breed, by 5 half of CKC will have a heart murmur by 10 it is very rare for them not to have one. They also suffer from Syringomyelia, this is generally rare among dogs but has become widespread in CKC, it is a defect of the back of the skull meaning there isn't enough space for the brain, it can be severely painful and can cause paralysis. It is a horrible, horrible disease. There are also ear problems, eye problems, hip and joint defects. They are literally one of the most unhealthy breeds there is.

      If you do decide to get a CKC be very selective about your breeder, make sure you get pet insurance and expect a higher premium. If you do not get pet insurance then be prepared for some very shocking vets bills.

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      14.05.2014 18:15
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      • "Pretty lazy!"
      • Cute
      • Loving
      • "Great with children"
      • Friendly

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      • "Can get anxious"
      • "Need grooming"
      • "Not overly clever"

      The softest of the lot

      Our carefully thought out decision to get a dog...
      Our black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Socks (or Socksington to give him his full name) has been living with us now for 2 and half years. He''s a four year old little boy with the biggest heart but perhaps not the largest of brains.

      We had always wanted a dog. There have been dogs in mine and my partners families forever and on getting our first place a dog was pretty much a given, but we had to find the right breed, time and make sure we had enough time and money to provide for it. It''s pretty much like having a baby. All that careful consideration went out the window, however and, much like some babies, Socks was unplanned. We looked after him for a few weeks whilst his previous owner was on holiday. Looking back, I think we were just being groomed as Sockington''s new owners as not longer after his owner announced she didn''t have the time to care for him, being out sometimes 16 hours a day. Even if the life we could give him might not be perfect, it was a lot better than what he had and besides we''d fallen in love with his little sad face. So took him in we did.

      Temperament...
      I have to confess, I hadn''t really considered a spaniel. I wanted to rescue one of the millions of poor staffies sitting in rescue homes. Or perhaps a retired greyhound, or a beautiful English bull terrier. My partner had a similar taste. We wanted to call our pet Sherlock or Elvis or something equally cool. Still I think he''s become fond of shouting ?Socks!? in the park and walking along with a scatty floppy eared fluffball in a polka dot harness.. I think he has anyway.

      Not to badmouth any other breed but I don''t think I could have asked for anything better. This little spaniel is the most soppy, loving and fun little creature. Just as mini drivers wave to each other, I think dog owners with the same breed form a sort of club. I get very excited when I see another cavvy walking along. Not quite as excited as Socks does, obviously. Talking to other owners it seems it''s pretty rare to find a grumpy cavvy. They are amazingly gentle and I have to stop for most kids to pet him. He never minds, except occasionally gets a little bored and wanders off. That''s only made a child cry once. Not so long ago a horrible little boy wanted to pet him, but instead started throwing stones at Socks and rather than react, Socks simply walked away from him. Now if I was a dog, I''d have probably had a growl at that little boy and no doubt would have a got in a lot of trouble for it. I can''t help but admire Socks'' patience and good natured temperament. He wouldn''t hurt fly, whatever it might have done to him.

      Aside from just being gentle, Socks is genuinely kind and really cares for ''his people.'' Not long after we got him, I had a bit of a rough time and wasn''t in the happiest of states. Whenever I am upset or poorly, Socks knows and hops on my lap for a cuddle and if I''m crying, will lick up my tears. He will even give proper hugs where he will jump up, put a paw on each shoulder and snuggle his head into my neck. I''ve never taught him to do these things or asked him to. I can only assume he does them because he wants to. Even at my worst, when an animal goes to that amount of effort to make me feel better, the least I felt I could do is get out of my pit and feed him or take him for a walk around the block and sometimes, getting yourself to do those things is the start of getting better. I strongly believe now in animals as therapy and could can''t get kinder than a little cavvy. (Apart from anything else, a proper hug from a Great Dane would probably floor you.)

      Intelligence...
      Given what I''ve said, I think Cavvys have nothing to worry about when it comes to emotional intelligence. Common Sense, however, isn''t really their thing. I mentioned about wanting a Staffy or a Greyhound ? something that will run around, play, fetch a ball, do tricks, be obedient. I don''t really get any of that with Socks. If you throw a stick or a ball for him he will look at you like you''re crazy and wander off to lick the nearest tree. Occasionally, at home he will run after a toy if you throw it but instead of bringing it back, he''ll hide under the table with it, chew it and then probably rest his chin on it and nod off.

      He loves to socialise with other dogs, but once he''s chased them, sniffed them he just stands and looks confused. He just about manages sit. Stay is good until his mind wanders, usually about 5 seconds. Pointing is, well, pointless because instead of following your finger with his eyes he will just lick your finger.

      I''ve know doubt that with a good lot of patience and dedication you could train a cavvy. Certainly to a much higher level that I have with Socks, but let''s just say that they will never be top of the class. If you want a dog that actually does stuff, this might not be the breed for you.

      (Having said that, there''s a lot to be said for the comedy aspect of owning a stupid dog.)

      Behaviour...
      As mentioned, there''s not really any issue with cavvys and aggression. The main behavioural problem they have is anxiety, mainly from being left. Dogs, so I''m told, don''t have much of a concept of time so whether you''re gone three hours or three minutes they will be as pleased to see you when you get back. The flip side of that of course, is as soon as you shut the door behind you they think you might never come back. I don''t think Socks'' previous situation with being left has helped matters and I do think he still has some issues over being left. The good think with cavvys though is they are pretty lazy. Whilst Socks might sit by the front door and look longingly at me when I leave the house, sometimes I have to go and find him and wake him up when I get back, so he can''t be that frantic.

      When they do worry though, they tend to show it by peeing on things. We had a few spots where Socks would go. Sometimes when we''d be out for only a matter of half an hour or so. Getting rid of the smell from these areas stops them thinking these are toilet spots and lavender works particularly well as a deterrent. He seems to have got better and maybe it''s worse in younger dogs. I have heard stories of this being quite an issue with some who need professional trainers to get it under control.

      Health...
      As with all dogs, some breeds are prone to certain conditions. Blocked anal glands is one we''ve encountered with Socks... nice. Apparently quite a common one, as is problems with their back legs. They also have problems with the battle of the bulge and I''ve seen quite a few older little fat waddling cavvys. I give into Socks'' sad eyes a little too much with the treats but I make sure I balance it out with lots of walks. Although they are fairly lazy and little, they probably still are better for people who can offer a good deal of exercise for this reason. The best advice I can give it get your dog fully insured straight away because once something has become a known problem you won''t be covered for any vets bills for it.

      They also have long coats that require quite a lot of maintenance. Socks brings back several branches of trees, leaves and various other debris in his coat after most walks and needs bathing, brushing and trimming regularly.

      Conclusion...
      As you can tell, I''ve been won over to this breed. For families, they are amazing. They are so loving but for that reason you need to be someone who has the time to give them loads of fuss back or they tend to worry their little heads. They need a lot of grooming but aside from that they are pretty easy going and a lot of fun to look after. The same goes with all dogs ? make sure you have the time and money to devote to them, and they''ll repay you in bucketloads, cavvys might not win any mastermind trophies along the way, though.

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      14.02.2011 18:21

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      The perfect small dog

      My experience of dogs before owning our Ruby Cavalier bitch was patchy at best, yes I was certainly a dog lover but I hadn't grown up with them. On the recommendation of my partner, we invested in one to make our household whole and we have never looked back since.
      What struck me from the start was how personable they are even from as little as 7 weeks, all they seem to want to do is cuddle and lick. Our dog was also very quiet to begin with and not yappy like many small breeds can be, this did change as she developed her voice and began to vocalise on a regular basis.
      Temperament is the main 'selling point' for this breed and from my experience and anecdotes from others, they are ideal pets to have around young children. Indeed they love the rough and tumble that comes with children and are very tolerant of their foibles.
      Provided the dog is socialised with people and other animals, they tend to take on a personality that belies their size. In our case, our dog is best friends with a German Shepard and Doberman, not the expected norm, however they play together very well.
      From my research, trouble points to look out for are heart murmurs (mitriol valve), eye infection and arthritic hips, however we have had no problems so far.
      All in all, I am delighted with our family pet, she brightens every day and I'm sure any Cavalier would enrich any persons life, regardless of age!

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      11.02.2011 20:22

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      A fantastic dog to have- just don't let them take advantage!

      I was bought a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for my 10th birthday present. She was a Ruby puppy and lived in my family home until a ripe age of 13 years. She saw me through the end of Primary school, all of Secondary school, University, my first job and the first year of my teacher training. She was such a character that when I bought my own house 9 months ago, my 1st thought was- I need a Cavalier King Charles now!!
      I bought a 7 week old puppy (again, a ruby) called Rosa. She was without a doubt the most beautiful puppy in the world! Toilet training took a meer 4 weeks to get her next to perfect.

      She loves to cuddle- she will literally climb onto your knee and put her paws on your shoulders to cuddle. Curling up on your knee to watch TV (where she does actually watch the TV) She plays really nicely with her toys.

      Cheap to feed and easy to walk and look after, the Cavalier King Charles is the most rewarding pet to have. Every day, when I come in from work, despite Rosa being seen 3 hours previously, she will literally cry with happiness to see me and follow me around for at least half an hour afterwards.

      The Cavalier does need to be kept an eye on though, as they would love to take advantage! They can be quite yappy and get very possessive and territorial if you let them! Friends of mine almost feel like they have to ask permission to sit down on MY sofa bacause that's where I normally let her sit there!

      Loving, good with children and just beautiful- I wouldn't be without Rosa... I would recomment this breed to anybody, especially elderly people and young families, as they are perfect with young children! :)

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      21.05.2010 13:17
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      A LOYAL COMPANION AND A LITTLE SOFTIE TOO!!

      We all have our own personal favourite breed of dog, and mine has to be the cavalier king charles spaniel. They are the perfect family dog. They are loving and gentle natured and to top it off they are as cute as anything.

      I have a blenhim cavalier king charles spaniel puppy. He is the most lovable little dog. He has brought such joy to our household, with his cuddly nature and curious personality. He has been really easy so far to train and is quite happy to run around the garden first thing in the morning to go to the toilet. He has honestly had hardly any accidents in the house, which I am very pleased about.

      Cavalier king charles spaniels are small dogs. They fit perfectly on the lap. Infact they are known to be the perfect lap dog. They come in two main types. These are tri colour which is black, white and brown and blenheim which is chestnut and white. Both are beautiful. Although I do tend to prefer the look of a blenheim.

      Cavalier king charles spaniels do not need a lot of exercise at all. They are happy with a ten minute walk three times a day. But equally happy to bound around a big garden. They love fresh air and enjoy exploring their surroundings.

      They are not particularly yappy dogs. They are very dossile and not a great guard dog!! However they are extremely loyal and loving and would be happy if you cuddled them all day. They love children and become really excited when they play with them. This can sometimes lead to them being slightly boistrous, but very rarely aggressive. (my dog is as soft as anything.)

      I think you have to be quite strict with these dogs as they do love cuddles and can become demanding craving attention. They are long haired dogs and molt a lot. So best to avoid having a cuddle if wearing black!!

      There is alot of medical problems associated with the Cavalier king charles spaniel. The main one being heart disease. It is believed that there is a tendency for the mitral valve to become weak. Causing the dog to become tired, breathless and weak over time. There is also a problem associated with the hip joints of this breed and very often lead to them having to have an operation. They have a life span of around ten years.

      I would recommend this breed of dog to any family. They fit in well and thrive on busy environment where there are children. However I would also say that as a companion for an older lonely person, you could not go far wrong with this breed. They are loyal, loving and just big sooks!!

      My cavalier is just a puppy so he eats pedigree puppy dried food. I am going to stick with the dried food as he grows as he seems to enjoy it and it is easier and less messy. They also love a good drink of water.

      They are quite clever dogs and will take command well. However be warned they are quite manipulative and can give you alook that can melt your heart if they have had a row. Mine goes into his basket and puts his paws over his eyes. If i didn't see if for myself I wouldn't believe it.

      These dogs are a fantastic breed to have if you have never had a dog before as they don't take much looking after and are quiet and happy to just lie by the fire and snooze.

      I paid £375 for my puppy, but then I had to fork out another £50 on injections and chipping. I hadn't really taken into account how much vetinary bills would cost and now he has had his second lot of injections I will be making sure he has vetinary insurance. Alot of cavalier king charles spaniels sell for up to £500. I think breeders can command this much because these dogs have certainly got the loveability cutey factor in abundance.

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        11.08.2009 14:23
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        A great dog with a superb personality full of love and care

        We have had a King Charles Cavalier for 11 years now since he was a puppy. He lived with a family and all his siblings, named after the teletubbies. He was called Po, but we renamed him. He's a lovely dog with a lot of character and he's very loving, caring and harmless too.

        You can get these dogs in three colours: black and white, brown and white or the tri colour including black, brown and white. Ours is actually the tri colour as he is black and white with brown eyebrows and a brown bum. He looks great and developed odd curly hair on his sides as he grew older. He has curly ears too and we get him short haircuts, which make him look really cute.

        He is relatively easy to look after, as he doesn't need as much exercise as large dogs. He has grown to 13kg, which is still quite heavy but he can sit on your lap without crushing you too. So, I feel he's an ideal size really. He never ever bites, even when you are playing games, so he won't harm you. He only bites your fingers on the odd occasion, but he doesn't apply any pressure - merely putting your hand in his mouth and he even licks it after to say sorry.

        He's very caring and loving - he seems to know when one of us is feeling down. He will approach you and comfort you by wiping his head against your leg and in return, he likes a massage. Our dog was very fussy with food since a young age, as he never liked dog food. Therefore, he is spoilt with cheap lamb steaks as well as chicken breast fillets along with vegetable rice, peas, sweetcorn and pasta as a topping for his main meals. It's actually a very healthy diet and he even eats things such as fruit like sliced grapes and banana but he doesn't like citrus fruits. He has lunch everyday too, which is chopped up cold meat, tuna, mackerel or toast with a light cheese spread. We have severely cut down on his cheese intake as when this breed gets older, they are much more likely to have heart problems and cheese will cause a build up of fats in his arteries and could turn out to be fatal.

        He has a rather large bed but he sleeps on the floor beside it when he's too hot. He also has some soft toys, which he does like and he also takes them out in his mouth when we get him up in the mornings. He's currently on some pills for his heart and fluid on his lungs so he has these within biscuits followed by Pedigree Rodeo Sticks and Denta Stix, which clean his teeth.

        He has a great personality and is very loving. He's very clever too as he tries to play games with you and trick you to get what he wants. I think he's an ideal dog because of his personality and also the fact he doesn't need much exercise and also doesn't have as much to eat as a larger dog would. He's a lovely pet and I'll always love him.

        Thanks for reading,

        Dan ©

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          07.08.2009 00:01
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          The Cavaliier is the perfect dog for your lap, your fireside and your bed.

          I have two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Hector who is black and tan and 3 years old and Jonty who is ruby and 2 years old and I adore them. I fell in love with the breed 12 years ago when we had our first CKC boy Digby who was a tri colour. Sadly he died of cancer 3 years ago and even now we still miss him.

          Cavvies as they are known are a joyful breed and love people, cats and other dogs. My two boys even get on with my ducks. If they are properly brought up and trained they are easy to walk and socialise well. It is very unusual for find vicious traits in this breed and my 2 boys are very gentle friendly dogs. In fact Jonty is too friendly running up to any dog and immediatley rolling on this back to play. I do worry that one day he might get himself into trouble.

          It is very important to be selective when looking for a puppy because Cavvies are prone to a few diseases, notable Mitocondrial Vale disease, a condition that affects the heart. If they have a defective valve it allows a back flood of blood to go the wrong way through the heart. It is usually detected as a heart murmer which is measured on a scale of 1- 7, 1 being light and 7 being the worst. Dogs are always checked when they are young, but a heart defect cannot be confirmed till they are at least a year old as murmurs can be comon in puppies as their bodies are still growing. A murmer at 3 months should be checked out again at 9 month and then 12 months. Often a murmer at 3 months will disappear. By the age of 6 or 7 most Cavalier will have a heart murmer and will have some level of MVD. This is not the end of the world and most Cavies can lead a happy life even with a murmer, but you need to be aware of the illness as some dogs can develope bad murmers and can die unexpectedly at an early age. Buying from a breeder who only breeds from healthy heart stock is the best practice here, although it still does not guarantee a disease free dog. The other disease to be wary of is Syringomyellia, a problem that affects the base of the skull and caused fluid to leak into the spinal cord. This is very serious and can cause a great deal of pain and distress to the dog and is very distressing to witness. It can be alleviated but not cured. Again it is essential to make sure that when you buy from a breeder that they are again breeding from disease free dogs. The difficulty here is that some breeders ignore the dangers and often will deny knowledge of the disease.

          When you go to choose a puppy, you need to try to disengage your feelings (very difficult to do I know). It is easy to fall in love with a puppy every time you go and see them and I do it every time, but it makes it difficult to be objective and to judge the people you are buying from. We have had 5 dogs over the years, 2 Laradors (Willow and Freya) and 3 Cavaliers. We sadly lost Freya at age 12 1/2 3 months ago, but still have Willow and Hector and Jonty. We did get two of our dogs from bad breeds (Freya and Hector), but unfortunatley I had already fallen in love with the puppies and would not contemplate leaving the dogs with those breeders. The most recent was Hector and we went to surrey (we live in sussex on the coast) to see the breeder having clearly specified that we wanted a home raised dog and wanted to see the mother. The lady seemed nice and the puppies were beautiful. She said that the mum was out with her daugher, but would be there when we came back a few days later to pick up Hector. We paid our deposit and she gave us a reciept. We came back 4 days later to pick him up. Prior to the visit she had called to say she could meet us to pick up Hector, but I insisted that we go to the house. She was not there just her husband and some strange man. He brought Hector in and we paid the money and I asked to see the mother. He brought in a smallish female cavvie that seemed to want nothing to do with Hector. I smelt a rat, but was not prepared to leave Hector there, so we got a receipt and left. A week or so later I noticed that she had another advert in the paper. I called her up and sure enough she had a diffrent set of puppies. Hector was diagnosed with a potential heart murmer and I was do angry that I rang her up and complained. She said she would take Hector back, but I would not give him up for the world. In the end I reported her to Waverley council who said she was importing the dogs from Wales and Ireland and was a puppy dealer. So the thing to do is ask all sorts of questions, after all you are spending a lot of money. A genuine breeder who cares about their dogs and what they are doing will be quite happy to answer your questions and will not get annoyed. If they take offence or get annoyed then they have something to hide and should be avoided. You should always see the puppies with their mother and should know the history of both mother and father. Always ask about heart murmers and syringomyellia.

          When you get your puppy home the fun begins. Often good breeders don't let them go till they are 12 weeks old, but it is common for them to be ready from 8 weeks. I have found all my boys easy to toilet train, with the only thing hampering it is bad weather. We got Hector and Jonty in October and November and consequently we were training in very wet weather which makes it more dificult to reward and reinforce good behaviour. After all how can you tell a black and tan dog he is a good boy for pooing in the garden if you can't even find him in the dark and the rain let alone see if he has done a poo. More often than not I would tread in it!

          They are two very differnt dogs. Hector is a small framed Cavie who can jump like a goat and barks at anything even his own reflection. It is great at 3 am in the morning to be woken by Hector barking at the top of his voice at the foxes or some other noise in the garden. It certainly tests your heart. Jonty is much bigger than Hector despite being a year younger and is not as agile. He cannot jump up onto our bed so I have to lift him and he weighs a ton. When his coat gets long he looks like Chewbacca from Star Wars. His nick name is Chewie.

          I keep my boys cut short as it is nicer for them and easier to keep them clean. Jonty needs cutting twice as often as Hector and at £25 at time this can get expensive. I should do a grooming course. They both have a terrible habit of eating duck and cat poo, so we have to constantly check the garden to beat them to their special treat. If they do get to it, you do not realise till they try to lick you, then believe me you know about it.

          I love my little boys and miss them when I have to go away on business. Hector is lying on the bed beside me now as I type. Jonty is in his bed at the foot of our bed with Willow our Lab. I was weak willed when we got Willow our first dog and let her sleep in our room and that is the way it has been for the last 13 years.

          If you want a dog that is going to be gentle and loving and easy to train who is very intelligent and will love you for ever then Cavaliers are the dogs for you.

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          Update 18-09-2009.

          We have just got a new puppy - a Blenhiem Cavalier girl who we have called Summer. We have had her two weeks - she is now 10 weeks old and she has just had her last injection so we can start taking her for walks in about two weeks.

          She has settled into our house so well with all the other dogs and cats and ducks and can even manage the stairs going up on her own (she can't go down yet). Jonty took about 3 to 4 months before he would tackle the stairs. Summer is so bold and chases the ducks and even wrestles with our Siamese Jasper. He is so laid back he just lies there and lets her play.

          She hardley ever messes in the house, in the last two weeks she has only done 3 poops and a couple of wees indoors. It is always when we have taken our eye off her, but I have noticed that she is starting to go outside on her own to do her poops now if the door is open. She sleeps on the bed with us and if she needs to go she wakes up and sits on our chest and squeaks at us. That is really fun at 3 am in the morning. We have a puppy cage, but only use it when we go out.

          She has a little hernia, but the vet says that it is only small and may heal, but if not they will deal with it when she is spayed.

          She is absolutley adorable and just confirms my love for all things Cavalier King Charles.

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            10.07.2009 16:41
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            A fantastic small dog that will be a valuable addition to any household.

            If you are looking for a dog that is great with kids, then this is the one for you. We had one at home when I was growing up, and I have since gone on to have 2 more of my own, mainly because I knew that they would be a fantastic addition to a household with small children, because of their gentle & affectionate nature.

            However they are a very adaptable dog and equally at home with and suitable for an elderly owner or young professionals.

            HISTORY/BACKGROUND:
            They are a pedigree 'toy' breed. Toy breeds of dogs are those that were bred to be small, portable, good-natured companions, and many were traditionally pampered and treasured by aristocracy around the world. The King Charles Spaniel was the breed of a favorite pet dog of England's King Charles II while he was still a young boy.

            NATURE:
            They are well known for being a 'lap' dog and like nothing better than to curl up in a nice warm lap and doze.
            They are very affectionate, gentle and good-natured.
            As well as being lap dogs, the 'spaniel' in them means that they are also very free-spirited and active. They love any sort of exercise and will happily chase & retrieve, and enjoy walking and been out and about with their owners.

            Unlike some spaniel's they tend NOT to be destructive if left alone or bored, and they will just often curl up and sleep until their owners return. Having said that, by their nature they are happiest when they are not alone, so for their well-being it is best if they are not regularly left alone for long periods of time.

            APPEARANCE:
            They are a little taller in stature than a West Highland Terrier but smaller than a cocker spaniel, and usually weigh between 13 to 18 pounds when fully grown. Because of their size and nature they do not need a lot of exercise.

            Their size also means they are great for smaller houses or where there is not a huge garden, and perfect as a family dog because they are less likely to knock over small children.

            They are a very attractive breed both in face and in their graceful and well balanced stature.

            They have long silky hair (which is often curly in the chest area). The breed has four recognized colors: Blenheim (chestnut brown & white); Tricolor (black, chestnut brown & white); Black and Tan; and Ruby (all chestnut brown / red). Because of their long hair they do need regular grooming to keep their coats healthy and tangle free. When malting it gets EVERYWHERE!!

            They have long ears which are set high on their head and drape down either side of their face. To avoid ear infections these have to be cleaned regularly as they can get quite warm and unpleasant inside if this is not done, due to the fact (because they are floppy!) that no air can get inside them on a day to day basis.

            HEALTH:
            They have a life expectancy of approx 10 - 12 years.

            As with most breeds there are some common health problems with cavaliers these being:
            * Heart Murmurs - your dog should be screened for this as a puppy and then annually.
            * Eye Defects - Cavaliers can suffer from Hereditary Cataract or more likely Multifocal Retinal Dysplasia
            * Luxating Patella - Affecting their back legs when the knee cap slips causing the dog discomfort. It can be corrected with surgery.

            COST:
            Prices vary greatly and you can expect to pay anything from £350 upto £600 depending on the sex, colouring and breeding of the puppy in question.

            FIND OUT MORE:
            If you are considering getting a cavalier then you may want to have a look at some of the websites below:

            www.cavaliers.co.uk/
            www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/breeds/cavaliers.html
            www.dogbreedinfo.com/cavalierkingcharlesspaniel.htm

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              22.05.2009 00:35
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              Greatest dog you will ever buy

              Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the most lovable dogs that a person can wish to own and they certainly live up to their nick name the "Love Sponge". The history of the Cavalier can be traced back to the time of King Charles I. There are three different colours of Cavaliers, Blenheim which we have (Which was named after the place, Blenheim Palace, where the Duke of Marlborough owned a cavalier), a Tan, a Tri colour and Ruby.

              We bought our dog, Ty, from a Woman that was advertising in a local paper, but we made sure the woman reputable and we checked this out. Which I recommend due to some of the problem that a cavalier may have, which I will go onto later.

              When we got Ty home, he was a little nervous in his new home, but after a few hours he came out of his box and a few days later wondering around the house, but was not active for more than an 15 minutes before he would fall asleep for a few hours; which the woman who we bought him from assured us was normal, as he was only 10 weeks old.

              The first thing that we tough Ty was where to was to go toilet, which we picked up after the first time. As he grew older we started to train him in commands, as we read the earlier a person starts the easier it is for a dog to learn. But what we have found is that cavaliers in general are easy to train in different commands, Ty especially picks up command easy. Although the only command that Ty has some difficult in do is rolling over, as he goes on his back but not a full roll all the time. But has picked up how to shake hands, lay down and to fetch; but Ty only fetches when he wants to and sometimes fails to bring the ball back all the time, just following it and returning to the thrower.

              One thing that all cavaliers, in particular that we have found with Ty, is the excitement that he shows when he knows that he is going for a walk. A person just has to say Walk and he will go to the front door and wait there call for someone to take him. What we have found is that Ty likes for either going for a number of shorter walks in a day, but also like going for long walk, as we like taking him to local beauty spots such as lakes. But be careful when releasing a Cavalier off the lead on walks as it is in their nature to chase an object or another animal such as a squirrel without hesitation and can easily head into the path of danger. But what he loves in particular is going to the beach and going into the water, just up to his belly and splashing about.

              A piece of advice that I would offer to a person that are looking to buy and home a Cavalier is to get him or her used to have a wash and a bath. The reason for this is Cavaliers have short legs and are long haired and are therefore easily got dirty. While it may not matter once for twice, after a while he does develop a pong, when you want your "love Sponge" smelling fresh. But then again, it may be the case with all dog, as this is my first, I would not know.

              What we have also found is Cavaliers are good with all ages of child. With Ty in particular, we are all older children so that is what Ty is used to, but is playful also with young children that we also know that visit, although when he first meets a new younger child he does run away, but quickly returns for kisses and cuddles. One of the problems we have is Ty is so soft that when my 3 years old cousin hugs him he doesn't do it to tight, as some time his eyes look like his eyes are about to pop out.

              This leads one of the biggest problems of Ty, in that eyes are one of his best features and one of their worst. All Cavaliers have bulging eyes, that draw you in hook line and sink, that not even the sternest person can resist, when a cavalier wants something they usually get it, which can lead to a health problem that I will discuss later. Back to his eyes, the bulging nature of them can lead to problem, that unfortunately Ty does have. One of the most common among Cavaliers is to develop, to what I call, gung, in the corn of his eyes that can build up. The reason this develops is due to a narrowing of the tear ducts, that link his eyes to his nose and where excess tears are meant to drain from. This can be simply tested for by a vet, through a dye that is applied to the eyes that should start to appear in the nose, if does not the tear ducts are blocked. An additional problem that, I am not sure is common to Cavaliers but to Ty is when it is a windy day and we have taken him for a walk, the next day he develops eye problems whereby he finds it difficult to fully open his eyes. But my auntie's dog, of another breed also suffers from the same thing, so this may be common to all dogs.

              There are a number of health problems a person should be aware of when homing a Cavalier, as some may be costly. One of the biggest problems are weight issues, Cavaliers are prone to putting on weight, due to the puppy dog eyes that a person cannot resist giving, gives them extract treats, which can lead to Cavaliers adding the pounds. This extra weight can lead to serious health problems, the most serious being heart problems. The heart problems that can occur is a heart murmur, which is very common in Cavaliers and should be regularly checked by a vet. The bulging eyes beautiful come at a price, as they have a range of problems that can occur, these range from dry eyes to similar to glaucoma in humans. Additional at the rear of a Cavalier is problem with Hip Displacier, whereby a Cavalier may find it difficult to walk, but is common to most dogs. Also Cavaliers have a hearing problem, which scientists believe is present from birth; whereby a Cavalier slowly loses a hearing. I have encounter this when meeting another owner of a 10 year old Cavalier. While it is difficult to deal with it is not impossible, as the Cavalier will learned to lip read and hand gestures the owner made.

              For this reason I recommend having an insurance policy to cover any vet bills that a person owning a Cavalier may encounter.

              There are one or two minor points to consider, the first of which is an explorative nature, by this I mean a Cavalier will dig in the garden. If he finds what he believes to be something of interest he will dig until he finds it, so be prepared. Secondly a all Cavaliers have in their nature, or at least I have found, to lay they front two pays on a person when they first greet them to gain affection or in some cases to scratch, which can cause injury to some elderly people. While Ty does not do this, if a Cavalier does it can be trained out of them due to their easy to learn capabilities.

              While a Cavalier may suffer from problems I believe that these are vastly out weighted by the love and affection that a Cavalier may bring into your life. Cavaliers are one of the greatest companions, that will cuch you even when asleep as he will lay across you lap (which has earned them the name Ultimate Lapdog) and also keeps you warm when it is cold. But be warned that once you own a Cavalier you will be the centre of attention when you take him out as everyone will stop you to smooth him and say how beautiful he is.

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                There is no better dog in the world

                When I was about to take early retirement I decided I'd finally get a dog again - I hadn't had one since I was a child. My husband wasn't too keen on the idea but I persuaded him then waited for the glorious day, 23rd March 1996.
                Stupidly, I realise now, I contacted a pet shop. She had two Cavvies of the right age at that time but was prepared to save them for me until retirement day. I visited them frequently and fell for them completely. I'd already chosen male names but these were sisters, so Cicero and Cassius became Cissie and Cassie.
                Although I'd heard of puppy farms I didn't know what they were. I believe now that C&C came from a puppy farm, in North Wales; but they were very lucky and didn't seem to come with any of the usual baggage of poor health.
                They lived happily and healthily, with just the odd problem. Training was "a walk in the park", to quote a phrase. No tricks though, just the obedience required for safety and convenience. But they learned to understand so many words that we eventually started spelling things instead, as you sometimes do with kids to avoid over-excitement!
                We had a wonderful life together but eventually in Spring 2008 Cassie's life came to a peaceful end. She'd been ailing for over a year. Blood tests didn't reveal the problem and we never did find out; medicines didn't help for more than a day or so. But the poor little girl had had enough and tried hard enough - we couldn't ask any more of her.
                Cissie is still going, aged 13 and 4 months. She's tired now and pretty deaf, but still highly intelligent. I stick to her more familiar words and she manages to lip-read most of the time. Don't let anyone tell you Cavvies are daft! I know I shan't have her for much longer so I cherish my time with her all the more.
                Don't get a Cavalier - they leave such a massive hole in your heart when you lose them.

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                what a amazing dog

                Cavalier king Charles spaniels are a lovely breed. They come in 4 different colours, The Blenheim (like the one in the photo), Tri colour (black tan and white) Ruby and black and Tan. I brought one of these breeds a year ago, it is the most wonderful pet I have ever had (except she was not just a pet to me she was my girl I treat her like my child.)

                They are easy to train and love a cuddle. They are not the most energetic dog but they do like a good walk. This breed is not a huge dog it is a small dog, just a bit bigger then a fully grown cat. They need toys, bed, water, food and plenty of love and care. They are soft and furry. I give mine a wash when ever she is smelly and dirty. My dog is always curls up in a little ball. They cost a lot mine was £550.00 pounds but as she is a pedigree with 5 generations she was worth every penny. The breed can suffer with heart problems so this is something to bear in mind.
                I would not be without my dog. She is a little tinker she loves a good chew on my husbands old trainers, I think she likes them because they have a pong!!

                They need a good groom most days so get a couple of brushes and combs. When you take your dog for a walk and it does a number 2 clean it up to keep are world clean. They need a name tag on their collar and I think a micro chip is a good idea as they they can't loose them. All it is, is a little chip which is placed just under the skin near the neck.

                I would definitely recommend Cavalier Kings Charles to first time pup owners due to the ease of training and the loving nature of the dogs.

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                  Get pet insurance as their health problems cost you a fortune!

                  We bought our first dog together three years ago knowing that one day he would be a family dog. I'm work in the animal industry so I was already aware of their excellent temperament and health problems.

                  Pros - Extremley friendly, loyal, divoted and effectionate. I can honestly say that I trust my dog completely with my son. Obviously I always keep an eye on them but as my son grows he wants more and more to dog with the dog and sometimes my little boy can hurt the dog by pulling at his fur, poking and pulling at him but the dog as never once shown any signs of aggression. He just gets up and moves away although the dog still likes my son (for some reason).
                  Cons - Health problems as follows: Endocardiosis which is a heart valve disease which end up in heart failure. Not a nice death but the condition is managable with medication. Most Cavs will have some degree of heart trouble so go into it with your eyes wide open and get pet insurance from day one! My Cav has hip dysplasia in one hip, a luxating patella in the other leg and Chronic Degenerative Disc Disease that he is now on life long medication for alongside regular physio and dietary management. Oh, and he also has Syringohydromelia (a complicated & uncurable neurological problem) but isn't suffering from it. 85% of Cavs have it so his Neurologist told me but not all suffer from it. The ones that do suffer with the symptoms inevitably need to be put to sleep as living with the condition is unbearable and there isn't a cure or suitable management.

                  All in all, they are excellent family pets although you really do need to do your research first as they often come with problems, and I can't recommend pet insurance enough!

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                    perfect first pup

                    We have a lovely 10 month old puppy called Revel. She was one of the best decisions we have made. Cavalier king charles are one of the most loving dogs you can get. They are very friendly both to other humans and other dogs. They are very happy to be sitting on your knee for hours, or to go on nice long walks and love to play with the children. They are suitable for everyone. They are ideal as a first dog. They do grow quite long hair which needs looking. Needs a good brush to stop matting but as the dogs are quite happy to sit and have it done it is not a chore. The Cavalier king charles come in four colours. The blenheim (like the one in the photo), Tri colour (black tan and white) Ruby and black and Tan. If you have a pedigree They are prone to heart and eye problems so you have to be aware of this and get them checked regularly. I would recommend these dogs to anyone looking for a puppy and they are very easy to train and very easy to look after.

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                      The tail Never Stops Wagging!

                      It's been a while since I did a pet review and so far I think I have covered Poodles, Yorkies and goldfish, so now its time to introduce you to my newest pet... Izzie The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

                      I bought Izzie back in February at just 14 weeks old after wanting a Cavalier King Charles sine I was about 8 years old! I was never allowed one though as my mum doesn't like dog hairs... hence the reason we have 3 poodles and a yorkie (they don't moult!) So upon moving out of my mum's I decided it was about time I fulfilled a lifelong ambition... to own or rather be owned by a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

                      *The Cavalier King Charles*

                      Cavalier King Charles Spaniels we're originally bred as lap dogs for Royal ladies, they were known as 'comforter dogs' for their extremely loyal and affectionate nature and would also often be the safe alternative to a Victorian water bottle and sleep on their mistresses beds to keep them warm during the nights. This is obviously a tradition that my Izzie doesn't want to forget as she insists on being my comforter dog by following me everywhere and sleeping as close to me as possible on my bed!

                      Cavaliers are medium in size, Izzie is fully-grown now and her head is just below my knee, she weighs approximately 12.5 kg, which our vet tells me is just about right.

                      Cavaliers come in 4 different colour varieties, Blenhiem (Ginger and white), Tri-Colour (White, Black and Tan), Ruby (all Ginger) and Black and Tan (as it sounds) Izzie is a Black and Tan and totally gorgeous!

                      *Izzie*

                      Izzie is now 9 months old, so far she has been a little menace but at the same time considering her age she has been a complete dream with training and behaviour compared to our other dogs!

                      As I said earlier I bought Izzie back in February this year from a breeder just outside Wolverhampton, it sounds really bad but she was a complete impulse purchase! I wanted a Spaniel for years and while round at a friend's house it suddenly dawned on me that I wasn't living at my mums any more so I could buy a dog! After searching through her local paper I found an ad for puppy Cavaliers, phoned it and arranged to go view them 2 days later. Trying to be good I convinced myself that if they didn't have the dog I really wanted then I wouldn't have one... of course that went out the window as I was going in search of a Tri-Colour, however when the breeder informed me he had no tri-colours but he did have one Black and Tan girl who was slightly older as she was from another litter I fell in love the moment I saw her and knew I had to buy her! The breeder questioned me on home life and work life and if I had owned a dog before, I explained that I had 4 dogs when I lived with my mum and I had grown up with dogs so I knew what I was doing and my work life wouldn't be a problem either, he then went on to tell me that if I wanted this dog I could take her with me that day as because of her age she was old enough to leave and she had also had all of her injections (great one less expense for me!)

                      We then proceeded to fill in what seemed like endless amounts of paperwork, it was actually only about 3 forms! While I was doing this Izzie was Micro chipped for me and they registered the chip too, they also contacted the pet insurance as she came with 6 weeks of pet insurance too! With all that I happily parted with £350 and left with my new fluff ball!

                      I thought for the first few days Izzie might be shy, however I couldn't have been more wrong! She was a little terror and into everything, however I didn't mind one bit as I was so pleased to have her, during the next couple of days I had to visit my mum and grandparents neither of whom were impressed that I had bought a puppy and all gave me the lecture on how a dog is for life and I must look after her and give her the stable home she deserves, I did take offence at this as I have always adored my pets and probably given them more attention than I do my family however I guess they were just worried as this was my first dog that was 100% my responsibility!

                      However as the months have passed and me and Izzie have hardly been apart their worries have gone and Izzie is the love of everyone's life... whether they want her to be or not!


                      *Training*

                      Thankfully training Izzie has been extremely easy! During the first week the only training I did with her was toilet training as this was the main one and I wanted to spend time getting her to bond with me. Toilet training was pretty simple once she had learnt where the back door was and once I had learnt that her little 'dance' round in a circle meant she wanted to go out! The breeder had done a lot of training with her though due to her age so I guess I kind of cheated on that one!

                      During week two with the help of some training treats (which I am trying to get round to reviewing) Izzie was quick to respond to sit, shake a paw and lie down, however we are still to this day working on stay!

                      Walking on a lead was also pretty easy to do as I took her out right from the start with my friends dog for walks and she loved it once she realised we were going somewhere new! While walking on a lead I have managed to teach her to sit at the side of the road before we cross and also to walk at heal, which she sometimes forgets if an exciting smell comes along!

                      Off the lead was something I had been worried about as I really wanted her to be able to have the freedom of Sutton Park, however I did not want to loose my gorgeous baby dog. So upon the suggestion of a friend I walked Izzie on a lead then very casually dropped the lead on the floor and let her walk... at least I could catch her that way and to my surprise she didn't wonder very far, so I got brave and un hooked the lead and right by my side was where she stayed! This was fantastic, until another dog appeared then there were amusing scenes of me running across Sutton Park in chase of Izzie and whatever random pooch she had taken a liking to that day! Thankfully with age and training treats Izzie will now walk past another dog off her lead and stay by my side until we get to the river where she will spend literally hours splashing about chasing her splashes and soaking herself, me and anyone else who comes near!

                      *Exercise*

                      Cavaliers will take as much exercise as you offer them. With my shifts at work being one week 6am till 2pm and then the next week 2pm till 10pm Izzie has got used to the idea that one week she will spend her afternoons in the park and then the next week she will spend it in the garden and of course the weekends involve long walkies round Sutton park jumping in every puddle possible, the muddier the better!


                      *Playtime*

                      Izzie is a very playful pooch and will spend hours playing in water, however if there is no water or it is too cold she will quite happily chase me around or play with one of her many toys. Izzie doesn't play fetch as she hasn't quite got the idea that after chasing the object she is supposed to bring it back, she chases it, looks at it and runs back without it then happily bounces back to the item with you!


                      *Grooming*

                      Other than a regular brush Izzie doesn't need too much grooming, I give her a daily brush at the moment due to the fact she is moulting, but normally a brush every other day seems to be enough to keep the luggy bits of fur away. Izzie loves being brushed so doesn't put up much of a fight!


                      *Other Dogs*

                      Izzie mixes extremely well with other dogs both in the park being social and also at home (we moved back into mums!) with the other 4 dogs who live there, these being 3 Toy Poodles and Pendle the yorkie. Due to Izzie's size the poodles often find themselves being trodden on by Izzie the giant, however recently after a few tellings off by them she has stopped jumping around and plays nicely, well the puppy version of nicely as mums 3 poodles are all puppies too, poor Pendle has a lot to live with!


                      *Temperament*

                      Izzie's temperament and Cavaliers in general are extremely friendly and loving dogs, I have not met a Cavalier yet who hasn't wagged its tail and tried to give me a wash! They're tails never stop and they are always pleased to see people!


                      *Lifetime*

                      Izzie is still only 9 months old and hopefully according to my research I will have her for a good 12 to 15 years, which in my eyes is a good lifetime for a dog however not long enough for me as I want my dogs to live as long as I do!


                      *Health*

                      As with all breeds Cavaliers do have their fair share if not more than their fair share of health problems. Prone to ear and throat problems Spaniels can run up quite a large vets bill with ears and throat alone, however the breed is also known for having heart problems (more common among males according to my vet) and also for hip and eye problems to name just a few, my advice would be make sure the breeder you get your puppy from is a registered breeder, go to the kennel club for a list if you are unsure, make sure you get pedigree papers and see both parents where possible and question the breeder on any health problems they may know of, if they are a good breeder they will tell you as they will be more interested in the welfare of the dog than the sale of it!

                      Izzie hasn't had any major problems since I had her other than a trip to the vets for extreme diorreah when she decided to raid my little bros room for sweets and it upset her delicate little tummy!


                      *Eating Habits*

                      Izzie will eat anything and I mean ANYTHING! She will eat her dog food for breakfast and tea, but also be quite happy to finish off my food... if I would let her, however I don't as I read in my research that due to their massive appetites cavaliers can get very overweight, very easy and very fast! So no scraps of food are heading Izzie's way I'm afraid!


                      *Is this the Dog for you?*

                      As with any pet I would say do your own research to be sure this dog is really what you want as every owner has different needs and circumstances, however I can tell you that once you get over the fact that these dogs can out-snore any human they are loving, friendly, lap dogs, they are fantastic with children and make a great family pet as well as a great companion dog.

                      I love my Izzie to bits and wouldn't dream of spending a day without her in my life!

                      Please Note: I am also on Ciao as gingelou so this isnt a copy if it appears on there in that name! :)

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                        Just fantastic dogs to have in your family home!

                        Ive had my Caverlier King Charles Spaniel called Buzzbee a year now and absolutly adore him, hes well natured dog and just wants love and attention! Hes brown and white and just the cutest little thing!
                        Cavaliers are very playful gentle dogs. They are great with children although if you are going to have a cavalier with children a male would be best as they are more forgiving if they accidentally get hurt when playing with your children.

                        Cavaliers are just as happy to be sat inside next to you as they are to be outside! Having said that they do love a good run around a park and they do need the fresh air.

                        My dog sometimes gets 3 walks a day, or if not everyday he likes to play in the garden with the children, with his dog toys!

                        Their coat should be long, silky and straight and groomed nearly everyday!

                        Bread standered for the caverlier king charles spaniel

                        Eyes-Large dark round but not prominent spaced well apart

                        Ears-Long set high, with plenty of feather

                        Nostrils-Black and well developed without flesh marks

                        Lips-Well Developed but not pendulous

                        Mouth-Jaws strong with a perfect regular and complete scissors bite.

                        Neck-Moderate in length and slighty arched

                        Chest-Moderate shoulders well laid back

                        Front Legs-Sraight moderately boned

                        Head and skull-The skull is almost flat between the ears. The stop is shallow. Length from the base of stop to tip of nose about 3.8cms (1.5 ins). Face well filled below eyes. And tendency to snipiness is undesirable.

                        Tail-Length in balance with body, well set on, carried happily but never much above the level of back.

                        Colours- Black and tan, ruby, Blenheim, Tricolour

                        Feet- Compact, cushioned and well feathered!

                        cavierlers are beautifal dogs and are loyal dogs, i would recommend one their a fantastic pet!

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