Temperament of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Temperament the Perfect Dog Temperament?
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s history can be traced back to the 17th century, and the times of King Charles II of England. These attractive dogs were specifically bred to be companions, and to keep their owners warm during the cold winters.
Although the Cavalier may look dainty, appearances are deceiving. This is a sturdy, active and outgoing dog that is just as happy going for a long walk as curling up on the couch for a cuddle.
The Ideal Dog Temperament for Children
Of all the dog temperaments I’ve encountered over the years, I believe the Cavalier is the perfect child’s companion. They always appear to be happy, and they are very affectionate. Because they are small, friendly and non-threatening, they are particularly suited to children who are nervous around dogs. The Cavalier is a patient breed, and will cheerfully sit on their young master’s lap and allow them to brush their long soft coat.
Cavaliers are intelligent dogs and easy to train, and a youngster will take great delight in teaching their four legged best friend to sit, roll over and shake hands. They are best trained with positive methods, and because they love their food, this isn’t hard to do. The gentle Cavalier will become frightened by a loud voice or by harsh handling. Children therefore need to learn to treat their little friend gently.
Because of their sweet and affectionate nature, these little dogs are also a great choice for senior citizens, or even those who have never owned a dog before.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel temperament is loving to everyone, whether they have met them before or not. They may bark when someone arrives at your home, but they will be eager to meet them, and will welcome them with enthusiasm. This means that theirs is definitely not a guard dog temperament!
Cavaliers also get on very well with other dogs, but because their ancestors include the King Charles Spaniel which was a hunting breed, they may chase other small pets. However, they can learn to live in harmony with other animals if they are allowed to get used to them while they are puppies.