Cavaliers are suitable for a diverse range of age groups and lifestyles as well as being highly compatible with other animals.
This gorgeous breed is easygoing, tolerant and resilient, making it a fantastic first pet! Cavaliers are extremely affectionate, friendly and excellent with children and other pets. They are lively and affectionate companions that enjoy being included as part of the family. Although Cavaliers are quite active dogs they do cope well with smaller homes with little to no yard when they are walked regularly. Cavaliers are ‘perpetual puppies’, they are always excited to play and will never turn down a game of fetch!
Size and Colouring
A great deal of variability can occur amongst pups of the same breed, variation amongst the litter is influenced by the genetic contribution of each parent. Therefore, it is impossible to predict the exact size a pup will grow to, but they will be a relatively small sized dog weighing approximately 5-8kg and reaching 30-33cm in height. Cavalier colours also vary in each litter, with the possibility of anything from black and tan, blenheime (chestnut and white), tri-colour (black, white and tan) or ruby.
Maintenance and other needs
Cavaliers are a quite low maintenance breed. Cavaliers have relatively easy grooming requirements, with a regular brush (a few times a week) and baths when necessary. Their feathered ears and legs may need extra brushing to prevent knots. As Cavaliers are a floppy eared breed they require regular cleaning of ears depending on their lifestyle. It is recommended if the pups ears get wet that they are dried, if the pup goes swimming in a river or dam ears should be cleaned with a solution available at your local pet store. By introducing regular bathing, brushing and ear cleaning to your puppy at a young age it will be a much easier process later in life.
Another important thing to remember is that although Cavaliers have very hearty appetites it is important not to give in to those adorable puppy eyes and feed excessive amounts. Cavaliers are very intelligent dogs and among some of the easiest breeds to train. It is very important to socialise your new pup and the best way to do this is to attend puppy preschool. Puppy preschool not only teaches your dog obedience and opportunities to socialise but is also very educational for you, the owner.
These dogs love human companionship, from the day you bring your Cavalier puppy home. The Cavalier is an enthusiastic dog that will love any form of attention, from trips to the dog park or sitting with the family.