Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are beautiful little dogs and when they are healthy and well looked after then their coat should be long and silky. The coat can be a shade of black and tan or black and white with tan markings. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needs regular and careful grooming. If left untended their coats can become dull and unattractive.
You should groom your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on a weekly basis by carefully brushing and combing the dog's coat. You should always make sure that you have the right type of brush and comb for your dog as it is all too easy to damage the coat and to cause skin problems. Grooming should be a regular part of your dog's daily routine from when they are a puppy. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may require more regular grooming than some other breeds because they are long haired. If your dog is left for too long without attention to grooming then the Spaniel's coat can become dirty and tangled and this makes grooming an uncomfortable process.
With the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel the grooming process includes more than just a brush and a comb. You should bathe your dog regularly or take it to a professional parlor to have it bathed. You also need to pay particular attention to brushing and cleaning your dog's ears. Make sure that there are no obstructions such as hair balls near the entrance to the ear as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels - like most Spaniels - have a tendency to develop ear problems. Keeping the ear area as clean and comfortable as possible is one of the best ways of avoiding too many problems with your dog's ears.
Although the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is only a small dog they tend to require a good deal of personal care. When you are grooming your dog you need to pay attention to most areas. Brush and clean carefully around the eyes as over long hair in this area can cause problems as some Cavalier King Charles dogs have very sensitive eyes. You should also take particular care with grooming your dog's feet and nails - because they are such small dogs and do not require as much exercise as larger breeds there is a tendency for the nails to need clipping from time to time. The feet of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be a problem, when grooming check that the pads are not broken or that too much hair is caught between the paws. Regular brushing and bathing should take care of most grooming problems providing that you as an owner are aware of them.
If you take care over grooming and have a regular routine then any health problems that could occur are likely to be identified early on when they are much easier to deal with. Take good care of your King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and you should have a loving companion for a good many years to come.