cavalier king charles spaniel breed information

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A little dog with a big heart, the affectionate, outgoing and always eager to please Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has steadily climbed its way up the list of most popular breeds. During the 16th century, their predecessor spaniels were popular among English nobility, including King Charles I and II, for whom they were named. The people of the time believed that these dogs could keep fleas away, and some even believed that they could prevent some illnesses.

Despite their small stature, Cavaliers are adaptable little dogs that are as happy curled up on their parents’ laps as they are out hiking by their sides, not to mention spending the whole day "working" at the office as Wellington, Petplan's first "Dog in Chief", would happily attest.

Although great family dogs, Cavies are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cavies are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts; heart disease such as mitral valve disease; skeletal problems such as syringomyelia; and joint conditions such as medial patellar luxation and hip dysplasia.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cavy inherits his father's leaky heart or his mother’s bad knees, you’re covered.

Common health issues

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