- Activity Level: low
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 9-15 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: aware
Cavalier King Charles Mix Breed Profile
The Cavalier King Charles Mix is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and another dog breed. A mixed-breed dog can take on any combination of characteristics from one or both of the parent breeds. So, a Cavalier King Charles Mix could seem like a carbon copy of either parent breed or a true mix of both of them.
If a Cavalier King Charles Mix takes after their Cavalier parent, they will be a sweet, friendly addition to any family. Because the other parent breed can affect the traits and characteristics of a Cavalier King Charles Mix, it’s important to have a conversation with the breeder about them. Having a good understanding of both breeds in the cross can help you get a better idea of what you could expect in a Cavalier King Charles Mix puppy.
Should this mixed-breed dog take after their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent, they will be a quintessential companion dog and a fantastic family pet. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are known for their friendly personality, sweet disposition, and obedient nature. They tend to get along fantastically with children, other dogs, and other pets.
If the other parent breed in the cross has a similar temperament, then you can expect the same from your Cavalier King Charles Mix. But, you will still want to make sure you ask the breeder about the other parent breed to make sure you get the full picture of what to expect. Since puppies also tend to take on mannerisms from their mother, meeting and learning more about the mother dog can also give you an idea of what to expect.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a highly adaptable dog breed that does well in apartments as well as larger homes. They also tend to do well in just about any climate. But, they may need to bundle up in the winter to stay warm due to their small size. They also don’t like being left alone for long periods of time. Additionally, they should only be let off-leash in securely fenced areas because they have an urge to chase.
You can expect a similar level of adaptability in your Cavalier King Charles Mix. You’ll still want to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed in the mix as they could affect some characteristics. Knowing about both parent breeds will give you the best idea of what to expect in the adaptability of a Cavalier King Charles Mix puppy.
A mixed-breed dog can inherit the potential health concerns of one, both, or neither of the parent breeds. Although they can sometimes “win the genetic lottery” and not inherit anything from the parent breeds, there is no guarantee that this will happen. So, you need to be aware of potential health concerns in both parent breeds.
On the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel side, potential health concerns to be aware of include patellar luxation, Syringomyelia, Mitral Valve Disease, and hip dysplasia. Reputable breeders will screen their stock to avoid passing on genetic issues to puppies, so don’t be afraid to ask the breeder about the health and genetic history of both parent breeds.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a highly trainable dog breed that is a good fit for any dog owner. Your Cavalier King Charles Mix could be similar or they could be more difficult to train depending on the other parent breed.
Talking to the breeder can help clarify what to expect. If the other parent breed also tends to be highly trainable, you can expect your Cavalier King Charles Mix to be intelligent, eager to please, and highly trainable as well.
If the other parent breed in the cross is not highly trainable, you’ll want to be prepared to enroll in puppy training and obedience classes in case training is a challenge. These classes are often a good idea anyway as they help reinforce good training practices and also tend to provide opportunities to socialize a puppy.
Because a Cavalier King Charles Mix can take on any combination of traits from their parent breeds, their coat type can vary. Should they take after their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent, they’ll have a long, silky coat that requires brushing a few times a week and the occasional bath.
The other parent breed could affect these grooming requirements, so it’s important to talk to the breeder about them. It’s also important to remember that low-shedding does not always mean low maintenance as there are a lot of factors that can affect the grooming level of a puppy.
Regardless of coat type, you will also need to care for your Cavalier King Charles Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth. Monthly nail trimming is normally sufficient to keep your dog’s nails from growing too long. But, you may need to cut your dog’s nails more often if they grow more quickly or just aren’t wearing down as much naturally.
Floppy ears are more prone to ear infections than ears that stick up because they are more likely to trap dirt, debris, and moisture. Checking them weekly and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections or catch anything that is happening early.
It’s also important to practice good dental care for dogs. Gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs because good dental care is often overlooked. But, it doesn’t have to be! As a small dog breed, your Cavalier King Charles Mix will be more prone to developing dental disease, so good dental care is even more important for them.
Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal. You can also supplement your efforts with vet-approved dental hygiene chews and/or treats. You can even work with your vet to develop a “dental care diet” formulated specifically for your dog!
Although the other parent breed could affect the activity level of your Cavalier King Charles Mix, they are likely to be a low to moderate energy dog. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires minimal exercise.
They will likely be up for more activity if you are, but they are happy with their daily walks and some playtime. Unless the other parent breed is completely different, you could expect the same in a Cavalier King Charles Mix.
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel usually stands 12-13 inches tall and weighs 10-18 pounds. The other parent breed, especially if they are the mother, can affect the size of a Cavalier King Charles Mix. So, make sure you ask the breeder about the other parent breed in the cross. You can also meet the mother dog to get an idea of what size to expect in your puppy.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels generally live 9-15 years. If the other parent breed has a similar average life expectancy, then you can expect the same from a Cavalier King Charles Mix. If the other parent breed has a significantly different life expectancy, it could affect what to expect in your dog, so make sure you’re talking to the breeder about the other parent breed.