Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a companion dog of English origin, ranging from 5 to 8 kg in weight. Little mass but a lot of affection, and a lot of fame because we will see how many VIPs, especially from the world of cinema, have one. There are also many television and film passages of the Cavalier King, one among all I mention the one in Sex in the city: Charlotte had a dog like that and there was a bet. If you hardly know it, you will understand by reading why.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel it is a small spaniel, belongs to the category of very small dogs, and has a silky coat of medium length, usually slightly curved, and long ears. Already in the 1700s the Cavalier King - let's call him that, in friendship - he was around, and also frequented royal circles, but no passage of favor. For it official standard it had to wait until 1928, but now it is a rather widespread breed, well bred in Italy too.
Cavalier King: history
We are in England, in the 11th century, and it was even illegal to hunt with a dog that did not pass through a hole 11 inches in diameter. What to do if not select the races so as to create an ad hoc creature, or almost? And here is the Toy Spaniel, a crossbreed of several Spaniels that already turned there.
Born for hunting, and for a legislative "hitch", then these dogs became from hunters to companions and family friends, conquering the sympathy and salons of King Charles I, hence the name of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The king loved them so much that, let alone, at the time he is said to have issued an edict that he did from "Pass" for these creatures in every public place, including the parliament. Can you imagine it today? How many lines and videos would they shoot?
The Cavalier King it also appears in the following centuries, in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in paintings by famous artists, with a long snout which was then modified by crossing with the Pugwhich gave it a shorter and flatter muzzle. Other morphological changes followed related to breeding games and selections with other spaniels, including continental ones, and with the"Spaniel". The characteristics of today Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they were then officially established by the Elridge breeder starting in 1920.
Cavalier King: appearance
It is a crushed dog, the Cavalier King: it is one of the first impressions you have, looking at his face. It has a flat head and forehead, large and round eyes, a slightly arched neck. The ears of the Cavalier King they are covered with long hair and fall along the muzzle, the build, being a very small dog, is small in size but harmonious in itself.
It is not funny but elegant, with the fluffy ponytail that seems to give the finishing touch to its regal figure. Cavalier King, in fact, it is called.
Agile and proportionate, this dog has medium long hair and never curled, it looks like it came out of a hairdresser's salon, wears abundant fringes and doesn't need to be groomed, it is elegant by nature. His coat can be black and tan, ruby, blenheim and even tricolor.
Cavalier King: character
Small dogs do not always have a pleasant character, they often compensate for their small size with an intractable nature. But that's not the case with ours Cavalier King who shows himself docile and obedient, and not at all aggressive. It is perfect to live with, therefore, and is comfortable in the apartment even if there are those who, exaggerating, take it a little everywhere, as if there was still theedict of King Charles who gave it its name.
Nothing to say about his character, but it is necessary to point out that the dog is quite restless Cavalier King: does not like to sit still. I recommend his hosts to gear up with various toys not to get bored. He is playful and loves to have fun with other dogs, or with other human beings, preferably children, with whom he is delicate and respectful. This way of being of Cavalier King makes it a great breed for pet therapy and many specimens are recently used in animal assisted therapies (AAT) with excellent results.
Cavalier King: health and care
One of the most frequently encountered health problems in Cavalier King and the syringomyelia. It is a disease related to the skull which, not wide enough, blocks the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Paralysis ensues. Not always, but the breed would seem as capable as it is with regards to heart problems. The Cavalier King's eyes and ears are very delicate and must be carefully kept, cleaned often and checked regularly.
It is clear from this list that, with the Cavalier King, we are dealing with a rather delicate dog breed, demanding for the owners that it is better to get a good one veterinary. For the rest, the care required by this dog is related to the hair, to the knots that can be created, to be treated with conditioner, without cutting anything, and to nutrition. Tents atobesity but it moves a lot, the Cavalier King, so just keep it on the spot but not too much.
Cavalier King: price
They range from 400 to 600 euros: this is the price that you typically find yourself paying for a puppy's Cavalier King. Tiny but much desired. Yes, because once we check that it is a healthy specimen and with all the documents in place, we can adopt one and be stars. The Cavalier King in fact he frequents many of them, he has a list of famous owners that makes you pale.
We pass by the president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, with his Rex, a Liv Tyler, with Neal, and Frank Sinatra, who even had four. Princess Victoria of Sweden had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel but also more glamorous and less regal characters have succumbed to the charm of this mini dog: Sylvester Stallone, Natalie Imbruglia, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
There are also in the list Coco Chanel, with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel tricolor named Charlie, e Oscar Wilde, with two Cavalier King Charles Spaniel tricolors. In addition to accompanying stars and VIPs, he himself was the protagonist of numerous films, or cameo. Her name is Elizabeth Taylor, Charlotte York's dog in Sex and the City, and she is a Cavalier King, Daisy, tricolor, is instead the protagonist of the film "Doctor Dolittle 4", in "Wall Street: money never sleeps" Frank Langella walks a Cavalier King to Central Park and - do you remember? - in the movie The Young Victoria there's a Cavalier King in the arms of the protagonist. If you haven't noticed, this is an opportunity to review it.
If you liked this animal article keep following me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and… elsewhere you have to find me!
Related articles that may interest you:
- Dog breeds list with detailed cards for each breed
- King Charles Spaniel
- French bulldog: character and price
- Chihuahua Toy: character and nutrition