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King Charles Spaniel


General Information - King Charles Spaniel


Group:
Toy

Size:
Small

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
Little

Grooming:
Moderate

Trainability:
Moderate

Watchdog Ability:
High

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1600s

Other Names:
English Toy Spaniel

Original Function:
Flushing small birds, lapdog



History

The King Charles Spaniel's origins probably trace back to Asian spaniels and perhaps the Pug, however the breed was primarily developed in the British Isles. This loving companion dog became a darling of the British royalty. The breed is named for King Charles II of England who owned quite a few of these charming little 'comforter' dogs. During the nineteenth century, the King Charles Spaniel underwent several changes. He was bred smaller, with flattened, upturned face, protruding eyes, and a more rounded skull. The result is today's King Charles Spaniel. The somewhat similar Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is based on the pre-nineteenth century King Charles.

Temperament

This sweet and gentle breed may be somewhat timid but responds well to affection. The King Charles Spaniel is the epitome of a lap dog and loves being around lots of people. Well behaved and generally quiet, King Charles Spaniels are average barkers. They can be somewhat stubborn.

Upkeep

Although it enjoys a nice walk on leash or a fun game in the house or yard, the King Charles Spaniel is not overly active and its exercise needs can be met with minimal effort. It does not do well in heat and is temperamentally unsuited for living outside away from its family. Its long coat needs combing twice weekly.