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  • Breed: Cavalier King Charles
  • Group: Purebred
  • Height: 12-13"
  • Weight: 13-18 lbs
  • HypoAllergenic: No
  • Coat: Flat
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Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies for sale are silky little charmers who love to frolic and play. They are up for any activity, whether it’s hiking, fetch, or just loafing around on the couch. These puppies are loving and intelligent, and would make a wonderful addition to any family! 


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overview of the Cavalier King Charles Dog Breed

Do you need an adventurous, energetic companion who loves both playtime and downtime? 

If yes, then browse our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies for sale! 

These puppies have lively, cheerful personalities and a passion for chasing things. They love people and thrive best when they have lots of human interaction. They don’t like being left alone. Chronic tail-waggers, they openly show their enthusiasm and love for life. 

If you need a bright, sporty companion to lift your spirits and accompany you on adventures, pick out your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy today! 

If the Cavalier isn’t quite what you are looking for, you can also take a look at our other puppies for sale.

Cavalier King Charles temperament

People-oriented: Cavaliers love people! They are companion dogs and do best with constant companionship. They do not like being alone, so they will dog your steps wherever you go.

Gentle Demeanor: These puppies have a gentle and sweet temperament. They are well-suited for households with children due to their patient and calm nature.

Playful: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies have a playful and lively side. They enjoy playtime and interactive activities with their owners and other dogs.

Flexible: Cavaliers aren’t picky. They can be hardcore adventurers or hardcore couch potatoes. It all depends on their owner’s lifestyle. They are a great in-between dog for someone who wants a small, low-maintenance toy dog who is still hardy and adventurous to go for long hikes or chase birds on the beach.

Loves to chase: For a Cavalier, the thrill of the chase is absolutely irresistible. They will chase birds, rabbits, butterflies, tennis balls…anything. This will make your Cavalier fun to play with, but watch him carefully if he’s not in a fence or on a leash. They are known to run blindly onto the road if he’s in hot pursuit of his quarry.

Friendly: The Cavalier’s mobile tail says it all! They love all people and are not afraid to show it! They get along well with strange people, but may not be able to resist chasing a strange cat or other small pet.

Sensitive: Cavaliers have soft, sensitive personalities. They are people pleasers who do well with positive reinforcement. Yelling and harsh treatment is counterproductive.

Remember that early socialization and training are important for raising a well-adjusted Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. Their friendly and adaptable nature, combined with their loving disposition, make them delightful companions for families, singles, and seniors alike.

Cavalier King Charles Breed history

The modern Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is relatively new, technically being created less than one hundred years ago. However, its predecessor, the Toy spaniel, has a history that goes back to the 1600s. 

During the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, Toy Spaniels were great favorites of royals in Spain (where it got the name “Spaniel,”) France, England, and Scotland. Artists often featured the dogs in their paintings of royalty. 

The Stuart family, from Scotland, had a special fancy for the dogs. Mary, Queen of Scots had a Toy Spaniel with her when she was executed in 1587. So did her grandson, Charles I, when he was executed by the Roundheads, a little over sixty years later. 

This Stuart weakness for Toy Spaniels was carried on by Charles II (Charles I’s son,) who apparently cared more about breeding spaniels than about ruling England. He decreed that the dogs should be allowed in any public space in England, including the Houses of Parliament. They say this decree is still in effect. But nobody has tested it out recently. 

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gets the “King Charles” part of its name from these two Spaniel enthusiast kings. The “Cavalier” part is a shout-out to the monarchist political party who opposed the Roundheads in the civil war that cost Charles his life.

After Charles II’s death, the Spaniels were crossed with pugs and other breeds, changing their appearance. They soon developed shorter faces and domed heads. The original Spaniels featured in old paintings went nearly extinct.

However, in the 1920s, an American named Roswell Elridge became intrigued with the forgotten Spaniels of the old paintings and embarked on a quest to bring them back. He offered a cash prize to anyone who could produce a Spaniel of the “Old World type.” This sparked renewed interest in the Spaniels. Enthusiasts formed a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, and the breed revived. 

For a long time, the AKC was reluctant to recognize this new breed. But after years of persuasion, breeders eventually convinced the AKC to recognize the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as a breed in March of 1995.  

Breeds similar to the Cavalier include Cavapoos and Cava Tzus. 

Cavalier King Charles Average size

The Cavalier is one of the largest toy breeds. It stands 12-13″ at the shoulder and weighs 13-18 lb. 

Average Cavalier King Charles lifespan

Cavaliers can live from 10-14 years.

Cavalier King Charles body features

Cavaliers have silky, medium-long coats which may be wavy. They sport feathering on their ears, chest, legs, feet, and their always-active tails.

They come in several colors:

  • Blenheim – White with chestnut spots.
  • Tricolor – Black, white, and tan spots.
  • Black and Tan – Black with tan spots.
  • Ruby – Solid reddish-brown.

grooming Your Cavalier King Charles Puppy

For medium-coated dogs, Cavaliers are fairly easy to groom. Dirt comes out of their silky coats easily, and they are moderate shedders. However, the feathered hair on their legs, ears, tail, and chest is prone to matting and tangling, so you should give those places more attention.  

Cavaliers do not require clipping or trimming, even for the show ring.  

Keeping Your Cavalier King Charles Puppy Healthy

Cavaliers are generally healthy. But there are still some things you should watch out for:

  • Mitral Valve Disease – This is a heart condition which may result in heart failure. MVD is common in older dogs of any breed, but it seems especially common among Cavaliers, even young ones.
  • Syringomyelia – This condition affects the nervous system. It is caused by malformation of the skull.
  • Patellar Luxation – This is when a dog’s knee joint slides in and out of place. It is common in toy dogs, such as the Cavalier.

Like all dog breeds, Cavaliers are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues among dogs.

Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the leg or hip becomes weakened, and it may result in arthritis or potential lameness if not addressed.

One of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your dog from too much running on hard surfaces, especially when they are puppies.

Typical Cavalier King Charles Allergens

Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells. These skin cells are shed by any animal, including humans.

Because of their long coats, Cavaliers may not be the best choice for allergy sufferers. If you want a similar dog that is less allergy-aggravating, check out the Cavachon (Cavalier/Bichon Frise mix) or the Cavapoo (Cavalier/Poodle mix).

If you have someone in your home with animal allergy concerns, it is good to consult your family physician.

  • Why do Cavaliers love to chase things?
    Spaniels were bred to hunt, and they are hardwired to chase anything that moves. Cavaliers were originally bred to be companions and lapdogs, but that hardwiring is still there, urging them to go after anything small and moving. Keep this in mind when you take your Cavalier out walking.
  • Are Cavaliers hard to groom?
    The Cavalier is not hard to groom for having such a long coat. Their silky hair sheds dirt easily and isn’t so thick that it requires hours of grooming. However, the silky feathers on a Cavaliers legs, ears, tail, and belly is prone to matting and tangling, so it will need regular attention. Be sure to check your Cavalier’s ears and nails regularly and give it an occasional bath too.
  • Do you need to clip a Cavalier?
    No. Cavaliers do not require any clipping, even for show.
  • Do Cavaliers bark a lot?
    Your Cavalier may bark when it hears something at the door or sees something unusual, but they tend to be quieter dogs. Of course, this depends some on the individual.
  • Are Cavaliers hard to train?
    Cavaliers are smart enough to catch on to things quick and always eager to please. Their sweet nature should make training fairly easy as long as you stay consistent and patient.
  • Are Cavaliers sporting dogs?
    Though small and bred to be a lapdog, the Cavalier has proved itself a great sporting dog time and again. Cavaliers can be great hunting dogs and have the energy and spirit for dog sports such as agility, flyball, and rally.
  • Do Cavaliers do well with kids and other pets?
    Cavaliers generally do fine with kids. They can do Ok with other pets too, but keep in mind that they have a high prey drive and may want to chase small animals.
  • Are Cavaliers healthy dogs?
    Some Cavaliers live happily to be 10-15 years old. However, some die in their prime because of genetic diseases to which the breed is prone. Their purebred status does render them susceptible to a fairly large number of health concerns.
  • Do Cavaliers suffer from separation anxiety?
    With good training, Cavaliers can become comfortable with being left alone. But because of their loyal, loving nature this breed is especially prone to separation anxiety.
  • Do Cavaliers like to lick?
    Yes. The stereotypical Cavalier licks everything in sight. It’s one of the hallmark characteristics of the breed, and it’s hard to train it out of them.

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Jayne LiberatoreI purchased a cavalier from Rachel Fisher from Gordonville , Pa about 5 weeks ago. Her name when I bought her was Sweetheart. I found Rachel to be very kind to the litter of puppies that she had. Sweetheart has a very sweet disposition and I credit it to all the love she must have received from Rachel. Sweetheart is very lovable , is 100 percent potty trained already at 4 1/2 months old and is very smart. We have her in our wonderful peaceful home filled with tremendous amounts of love. Sweetheart is very happy here. We love her so much and I am grateful that I crossed paths with Rachel and this darling puppy.
Cindy OlsonWe recently adopted a cavalier from infinity pups and he is wonderful! Healthy and playful during the day and sleeps in his kennal without crying unless he needs to go outside!! The entire transaction was easy and fast. I highly recommend getting a puppy form them!
Mildred ZelayaI purchased a cavalier king Charles spaniel yesterday and we could not be happier. I have a 5 year old little boy who has been asking for a little puppy but we were reluctant because our dogs died 4 years ago and didn't want to relive that loss. But this little guy is amazing! The complete process was so easy, I called at 9am and by 10:30pm he was at my house. The breeder was very nice and allowed my family member to pick up the cav for me . They were very kind. The puppy is very well behaved, no temperament. Very loving, I could tell he received a lot of care and love from his breeder. Especially when she advised my sister that he likes to be held and hugged a lot. He did not cry or fuzz at all which was odd since he was in a new surrounding but I am grateful nonetheless. Infinity pup was quick to respond to my email and offer assistance. I have already referred them to few people at the hospital where I work who have been searching for a new family member.
Jeffery T. We would like to thank you very much for breeding such a wonderful puppy! Our Ruby Cavalier King Charles spaniel is an absolute delight! She is well-socialized, fearless, affectionate, loving, and HAPPY all the time! Her personality is priceless! We cannot thank you enough for the daily joy she brings us! Congratulations Infinity Pups on excellent customer service, as well! The paperwork that you provided us, as well as the toy and food were greatly appreciated. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!