Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Favorite toy: Whale Shark – stuffed toy

Owners: Andrew & Amber

ASPCA personality Type: Constant Companion – Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.

Appearance:  A

Cavaliers are known for the long ears, feathering on their paws, and of course, those big eyes that most people just melt after seeing.

Friendliness (People): A

If you have a hand to lend, or lap to lay in, it doesn’t matter who you are. They want you to feel warm and welcome.

Friendliness (Dogs): B

This breed doesn’t always see eye to eye with other dogs. They will most likely be the first bark at a passing dog just because they can.

Special Talents: D

This breed needs lots of training for it to truly perform.  They are motivated by treats, so you might get some sit, lay, and maybe an occasional stay, but as for showman ship, they just have no interest in the spot light.

Begging for Food: C

This breed can easily become beggers simply because they like to be at your feet, especially when you’re sitting at a table.  However, unless the owner is a willing participant, they would much rather be near you then having to beg for food.

Other important information:

This breed is fantastic for families with small children, older parents, or singles who have time to be around the dog.  They don’t do well by themselves all day.  They’re one of the breeds that does well in packs, so most Cavalier owners have two or more dogs running around the house.

One interesting note is that they are originally a British breed.  Named for King Charles II and have blood lines dating back to the late 1600’s.  They were once used as hunting dog.  Trained to go down rabbit holes, fox holes, and chase some squirrels to low level trees, they became an indoor breed once the Terrier made its way into the hunting scene.

Beloved for their loyalty, many in Europe’s royalty class demanded they were part of their families.  Many castles still hang portraits of the Cavalier that date over 1000 years old.

Overall Grade:  B

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