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King Charles Spaniel

The King Charles Spaniel or ‘Charlie’ is a small and attractive dog with large eyes and an upturned shortened (brachycephalic) muzzle. Their semi-long coat is glossy and silky, with perhaps a slight wave, lying close to the body but forming luxurious feathering on the ears, backs of the legs and tail. Robust and cobby, the King Charles Spaniel is nicely proportioned with legs long enough to allow for proper walks and even mini dog agility

9 - 14 years
3.6 - 6.3 kg
23 -28 cm
Blenheim (red and white) Black and Tan, Ruby (solid red) and Tricolour.
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
This breed may encounter health problems

King Charles Spaniels can be prone to:
- Patellar luxation
- Syringomyelia which is a condition where fluid-filled areas develop around the spinal cord causing pain. 
- Mitral Valve Disease which is where the heart valves become diseased and don't work properly.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

King Charles Spaniel Personality

Friendly and generally laid back, the King Charles Spaniel is not a high-energy breed once past puppyhood. Gentle and quietly intelligent, the Charlie thrives best in a quiet home with people around most of the time. They do not fare well with rough handling or loud, boisterous people or chaotic environments. They are clever enough to take part in a variety of dog activities but are undemanding, affectionate and loving to live with.

Did you know?

Allegedly, a small toy spaniel of this type was found within the robes of Mary Queen of Scots, after she was beheaded! 

Named for King Charles the II, of whom Samuel Pepys noted in his famous diaries when writing about visiting Whitehall Palace in September 1667: "All I observed there was the silliness of the King, playing with his dog all the while and not minding the business."

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