Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog food and health

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel description, food, diseases.

History

The original King Charles Spaniels were popular dogs during the reign of Charles II, who adored small dogs. In many17th-century paintings, these elegant canines sit on the laps of princes and princesses. Over the years, the breed evolved, creating a diversity of types that did not resemble the original. An American dog breeder named Roswell Eldridge went to England in the1920s to find several of the classic King Charles Spaniels. Finding few options, he offered a prize for the best female and male breeds shown at the annual Crufts show. This sparked a new interest in King Charles Spaniels, but they did not receive AKC recognition until 1996.

Size Category Small

Weight Height Range 10 - 18 pounds (4.54 - 8.16 kg), 12 - 13 inches (30.48 - 33.02 cm

Coat
The coat is moderately long, silky and very well feathered on the legs, chest, ears and tail. The feet will also have feathering and this is a standard of the breed. The coat may be wavy but not curly and should not be very dense or wooly in texture. The only areas of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's body that can be trimmed for show purposes are the feet. All other hair must remain natural and not even slight trimming is permitted.

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Appearance

The breed standard calls for an almost flat skull between the ears and a very shallow stop. The distance between the stop and the tip of the nose should be 1 and ?inches and the nose must be black. The muzzle is tapered but not pointed and the lips should not be pendulous. A scissor or level bite is encouraged, while the undershot jaw of their near relation, the King Charles Spaniel is discouraged. Soulful eyes should be round and dark, widely spaced and not bulging. There should be a slight cushion under the eye, adding to their beguiling look. Well feathered ears should be high set and fairly long. The neck is relatively long for the size of the dog and leads into shoulders that are not too straight. A level back with a short body is desired. The chest should be of moderate depth and the ribs well sprung, while avoiding a barrel shape. Both fore and hind legs should be straight and of medium weight bone. The legs should be parallel so that the compact and well cushioned foot is pointed straight forward. Carried level with the back, the happy Cavy will keep its tail in perpetual motion. Graceful in gait, the dog抯 cheery and positive disposition should shine through at all times. A long and silky coat is desired with much feathering.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel health and diseases problems

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is susceptible to hereditary eye disease, dislocated kneecaps, back troubles, ear infections, hearing problems, and syringomyelia. Hip dysplasia is also occasionally seen. This breed should be overfed because of their propensity to put on weight. Some lines of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genetically disposed to the early onset of a serious heart problem that can sometimes cause early death. It’s important for owners to check the medical history of specimens before selecting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This breed typically lives for 9 to 14 years.


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