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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed

One of the most popular breeds in the United Kingdom, it is descended from the King Charles Spaniel and is named after King Charles II. It is said that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was developed to recreate a breed that bears more resemblance to the original spaniels owned by King Charles before it was combined with Pugs. This small but well-proportioned dog stands at 12 to 13 inches and weighs 10 to 18 pounds. It has long ears that are set high, a muzzle that is long and full tapering to a shallow stop, black nose and teeth that meet in a scissors bite. It has a smooth and silky coat with feathering on the ears, chest, legs and tail. It has four recognized colours: Black and Tan are dogs with black bodies and tan highlights on the eyebrows, cheeks, legs and beneath the tail; Blenheim are Cavaliers with rich chestnut markings on a white body; Ruby Cavaliers are chestnut-colored all over; and the Tricolor is black and white with tan markings on cheeks, eyebrows, underside of tail.

The Cavalier is playful, naturally curious, outgoing and affectionate. They respond well to obedience training and are always eager to please their owner and family. They are excellent household pets but they are also good hunting companions - Cavaliers have a keen sense of smell and good eyesight. They are naturally well-behaved and are happy either playing with their human companion or just comfortably sitting on their laps. They have a life expectancy of 9 to 14 years.

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