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King Charles Spaniel

King Charles Spaniels are said to be the ancestors of Cavaliers, but they differ in several ways, particularly with their domed head, the short face and low ears.

About the King Charles Spaniel

King Charles Spaniels, sometimes known as English Toy Spaniels, are happy and intelligent dogs. Typically reserved with strangers, these dogs are very gentle and affectionate with those they know.

The King Charles Spaniel makes a great companion for elderly owners or people who have trouble with mobility, as they require little exercise and love nothing more than devoting their day to relaxing with their owners.

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FCI Group 9, AKC Toy Group
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Small
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Friendly / Intelligent / Reserved / Gentle / Loving

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  • Needs little exercise
  • Garden not essential
  • Requires a lot of grooming

Health condition

King Charles Spaniels belong to the brachycephalic family that have as physical features a flat face and short nose due to their flat and wide skull shape. These anatomical attributes can cause some health issues like skin, eye and breathing problems as well as a poor ability to tolerate heat. For all brachycephalic breeds, we advise you to choose a dog with physical features that are not over-exaggerated, to buy from a responsible breeder and to seek counsels from your veterinarian. 

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Health condition

King Charles Spaniels belong to the brachycephalic family that have as physical features a flat face and short nose due to their flat and wide skull shape. These anatomical attributes can cause some health issues like skin, eye and breathing problems as well as a poor ability to tolerate heat. For all brachycephalic breeds, we advise you to choose a dog with physical features that are not over-exaggerated, to buy from a responsible breeder and to seek counsels from your veterinarian. 

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