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King Charles Spaniel

A noble-looking, compact dog, the King Charles Spaniel has a short, sturdy build and a long, silky coat that is straight or slightly waved. The coat comes in black and tan; tricolour (black, white and tan); Blenheim (white with red); and ruby. Adult King Charles Spaniels stand at approximately 30-33cm and weigh 3.6-6.3kg.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • Great with other pets
  • Great family dog
King Charles Spaniel is standing on the grass and the wind is blowing a fur

Personality

A gentle, happy and loving dog, the King Charles Spaniel is a rewarding companion dog. He can be reserved with those he doesn't know, but with friends and family, he is most affectionate. He gets along with other dogs and pets, and enjoys the company of old and young alike, but children must be careful around him, as his size makes him vulnerable to accidental injury.

King Charles Spaniel is playing in the garden

History and Origins

Originating from working gundogs, the Toy Spaniel dog was miniaturized to be the companion dog of aristocratic ladies and it is from this centuries-old type that the King Charles Spaniel dog breed descends. Crossed with Oriental toy breeds, such as the Pug and Japanese Chin, he has the large eyes, domed skull and flattened face that was popular with toy dogs from the Far East. His most famous fan, of course, was King Charles II, after whom he takes his name.

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