- Activity Level: low
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 9-15 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: aware
Cavalier King Charles Mix Breed Profile
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and another dog breed. Because a mixed-breed dog can inherit any combination of traits from one or both of their parents, you want to make sure you ask the breeder about the other parent breed.
Should a Cavalier King Charles Mix take after their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent, they will be a small, sweet companion dog that loves their family and has a friendly, playful personality. They tend to make a great family pet and love spending time with their favorite humans.
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel tends to have a sweet disposition and a gentle nature. They bond closely with their families, are affectionate, and are also playful, friendly, and outgoing. They tend to get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets.
If the other parent breed is similar, then you should be able to expect the same from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix. The other parent breed may still introduce some other traits, so you do want to ask the breeder about them.
You can also meet the mother dog in-person. You’ll be able to see what sort of temperament she has as well as the manners she is modeling for her puppies and the manners she is teaching them.
The breeder should be starting to train and socialize puppies. But, once you get them home, it’s up to you to continue training and socializing a puppy to make sure they grow into a well-mannered and well-balanced dog.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is highly adaptable and does well in apartments as well as larger homes. Because they bond closely with their families, they do not like to be left alone. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels do have an urge to chase and will chase just about anything.
So, you don’t want to let them off-leash unless they are in a securely fenced area. Unless the other parent breed introduces other traits or quirks that could affect adaptability, you should be able to expect a similar adaptability level from a Cavalier King Charles Mix.
Are mixed-breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs? They can be sometimes, but it’s not a guarantee. Mixed-breed dogs can inherit none of the health conditions common to their parents or they can inherit any combination from one or both of them.
From the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel side, potential health conditions to be aware of include Mitral Valve Disease, hip dysplasia, luxating patella, and Syringomyelia. Make sure you ask the breeder about the other parent breed so you know what other potential health conditions they could inherit.
Reputable breeders screen their dogs to avoid passing issues on to puppies. So, you should be asking about the genetic and health history of both of the parents anyway. You can also ask about any health tests or clearances that have been done.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a good fit for owners of any experience level as they are intelligent, eager to please, and naturally obedient. If the other parent breed is also highly trainable, then you can expect something similar in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix. If the other parent breed is more difficult to train, then you will want to be prepared to enroll in puppy training classes.
A Cavalier King Charles Mix can inherit a coat similar to one of the parent breeds or a coat that is a mix of both. Should they inherit a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel coat, it will shed moderately year-round and heavier as seasons change. It will need to be brushed a few times a week or weekly and bathed occasionally.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth. Depending on how fast they grow, cutting your dog’s nails once or twice a month is usually enough to keep them from growing too long.
Weekly ear checks and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections. Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal dental care for dogs and can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a low-energy dog breed. Although they are playful and energetic, they are also small and don’t need a ton of exercise to be happy and healthy. Daily walks and some playtime or other activity are usually enough for this dog. But, they will be happy to do more if it means spending more time with you.
If the other parent breed has a similar activity level, then you can expect a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix to be a lower-energy dog as well. But, if the other parent breed has a higher energy level, you will need to be prepared for a dog that requires more daily activity.
A fully-grown Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is usually 12-13 inches tall and weighs 10-18 pounds. The other parent breed can affect this, so you do want to ask the breeder about them.
Although it’s not a guarantee, you can also meet the mother dog in-person. This can give you a better idea of a potential size to expect in a fully-grown Cavalier King Charles Mix.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels generally live for 9-15 years. Although the other parent breed may affect this slightly, you should be able to expect a similar life span in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix.