Purpose of Breed: Companionship
Country of Origin: England
Average Size: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels range from 11 inches to 13 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 10 to 18 pounds.
Color(s): Tricolor (black, white and tan), black and tan, ruby (solid red) or white and red (officially called Blenheim).
Coat Type: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have long, fine, silky coats.
Grooming: This coat on this breed is easy to maintain with regular brushing and never needs trimming. Cavalier's require standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: This breed was developed to be an indoor dog and is suitable for apartment living if given proper exercise.
Temperament: This outgoing and friendly breed is very affectionate. Their loving nature makes them suitable for nursing home therapy and they make wonderful companions for the elderly or disabled. They prefer the company of their family and do not like to be left alone for long periods. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves people and gets along well with other dogs.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to Mitral Valve Disease (heart murmur), ear infections, eye conditions and patella luxation.
Life Expectancy: Averages 9-14 years. Trivia: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was featured on the hit HBO series, "Sex and the City," as character Charlotte York's dog.
More Information: American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, Inc.
By Ellen Brown
I have an 18 month old male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He's still urinating on the carpet several times a month. We crate trained him, helped him mark his spots outside, offered food rewards early on and remained gentle throughout.
I work at home, so he is not left alone for long periods of time and goes out regularly. He is very loving, overall, but is a bit stubborn. He adores his older sister, a 3 year old Cavie, but they are very competitive for food, toys and affection at times. Help, I am at whits end about his house training problem.
Linda from Redmond, WA
Companion dogs are actually some of the most stubborn breeds to train, so hang in there! Don't let him get the best of you! You have the advantage of being home all day, so you can head him off at his own game. Puppy basics are what you are going to have to return to, and the bell system. Around your doorknob hang a bell that he can reach, so when he is trained, he can tell you when he needs to go out.
Every 40min. to hour take him out, ON A LEASH!
*Call 'Buddy' to you while you are in front of door
*Ring the bell, then place Leash on 'Buddy'
*Walk outside-make sure you walk outside first, you are the lead dog, HE IS THE FOLLOWER!
*Take 'Buddy' to a designated restroom area (there are actually pee sticks that you can purchase that will encourage him to only go in that area)
*Tell 'Buddy' to GO POTTY! and do not leave that area until he does. NO PLAY! No talking to him save to tell him to GO POTTY and no interaction with him. He has to do his business first!
*When 'Buddy' has gone potty praise him! In a high pitch voice tell him he is a good dog! Play with him outside for 5-10 min NEVER GO STRAIGHT BACK IN as the dog may decide that going potty outside is actually a punishment, since he doesn't get any play time out there. Remember you want him to think going outside is a good thing!
*When you go back inside, Make sure you walk over the door mantle first! You are leader of the household, of the pack, NOT HIM!
*Upon entering, hand him a cookie of some sort (I would recommend a small chunk of fruit-apples WITHOUT skin...never grapes, or a chunk of a carrot, since these are low in calories, and CKC tend to try to pack on the pounds), and tell him that he is a good dog. Remove the leash, hang it up near the door with the bell
*Repeat process for the next two weeks...I know it will be exhausting, but in the end, it will mean a pee free house!
In the end it will take loads of patience, but it sounds like this is what you have! Good Luck!! You will learn to love the bell. Well, until he gets the sick and starts ringing it at 3am LOL