Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for Sale
Ratings and Attributes
Life Span:10-15 years
Litter Size:2-6 puppies with an average of 5
Group:Gun dog, AKC Toy
Recognized By:CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR
Color:Red and White (Blenheim), black and tan (King Charles) tricolor (Prince Charles) and solid, dark red (Ruby).
Male Height:12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Male Weight:10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Female Height:12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Female Weight:10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Living Area:The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does very well in small spaces such as apartments but is also ideal in larger settings. They will self-exercise if indoors and must be kept in a fenced yard or on a leash when outside.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an endearing toy dog that has boundless energy and love. They are an excellent family dog and will do well with older, considerate children that are aware of the small size of this breed, especially as a puppy. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is both athletic and active for its size but can also be a quiet companion dog.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel looks very similar to the larger King Charles Spaniel used as a gun dog and hunting breed. They have a distinctively beautiful feathered coat as well as a soulful expression in their eyes that often makes them appear almost human in expression. The head is almost flat between the high set, long, pendulous ears and the eyes are dark, well set to the sides of the muzzle and very large and round. They eyes should appear lustrous and moist, almost soft in definition. The stop is very slight and the muzzle should be approximately 1-1 1/2nches from the bottom of the stop to the tip of the black nose. The nostrils should be open and well developed in shape. The muzzle itself should be tapered and firm with the lips fitting tightly over the teeth.
The neck should be slightly arched or crested at the back, muscular and of proportionate length. The chest is deep and strong as is the ribcage and the body. The back is straight and flat giving a level topline. The legs should be moderately muscled and well developed and parallel to each other, giving a sturdy stance and balance to the dog. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should have no obvious turning in or out of the elbows on the front legs or the feet on either the front or rear legs.
Docking the tail of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is optional however most owners leave the tail natural. It is carried horizontal with the body and the ground and will always be moving in a circular motion when the dog is active and moving about.
There will be longer, noticeable feathering on the ears, legs and tail as well as on the feet. The hair on the chest and ruff will be slightly longer than the rest of the body and may be wavy but not curly. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel comes in several different colors including red and white, ruby, black and tan and tricolor.
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The coat is moderately long, silky and very well feathered on the legs, chest, ears and tail. The feet will also have feathering and this is a standard of the breed. The coat may be wavy but not curly and should not be very dense or wooly in texture. The only areas of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's body that can be trimmed for show purposes are the feet. All other hair must remain natural and not even slight trimming is permitted.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the few breeds of dogs that have been re-created after becoming blended with other types of spaniels. The original Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, although they were not known by that name, were first recorded in paintings from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as small dogs that were often found in the houses of royalty and in court. King Charles II was considered to be the largest supporter of the breed and was usually seen with a few of his favorite small spaniels. At this time these small dogs were used to attract fleas from their owners and were also often prescribed as a way to calm nervous and even cure stress ailments.
An American dog fancier by the name of Roswell Eldridge actually offered a prize in 1926 at the Cruft's Dog Show in England for breeders to produce a toy spaniel with a long nose, typically to those seen in the Van Dyck paintings of King Charles II. He did not want the current version of the King Charles Spaniel, which had a domed head, larger body size and shorter nose.