The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a lively little dog he is very affectionate and fits well into a family setting. Because he is such a small dog he is better in a house where there are older children who will recognize how much smaller he is than them. Just like any other dog the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel likes his or her exercise. However, because your dog is a small breed it will probably require a lot less exercise than many bigger dogs. A couple of short walks and then perhaps a few turns around the yard will be adequate for this little dog. Even though it may not go far this dog does have a love of the outdoors.
Originally the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was a lap dog - that is to say the dog is often pictured curled up on a lady's lap, hence the name. They enjoy a lot of company and like many other dogs love to be the center of attention. If you start out on the right foot with training your dog then the Cavalier King Charles can be a very biddable animal. Because of the dog's nature, the Cavalier King Charles is an ideal breed for showing and in the UK where the breed is still very popular and many owners opt to show their dog.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a friendly nature and will generally get on well with other dogs as well as people. There is a tendency for this breed to run to fat so you should try to keep tidbits to a minimum and make sure that your dog has a sensible diet. If you manage to keep your dog's weight at a sensible level then you will find that he or she is a lively little dog who loves to play and to chase things.
The Cavalier King Charles has a natural intelligence and this makes them easy to train as they are quick to understand and respond to what the owner may want. This breed is descended from hunting dogs and although its size means that the dog does not need more than about forty minutes exercise a day it is still very fond of the outdoors. Their love of company means that this is not a dog who will be happy if left on their own all day. The Cavalier King Charles is a dog who loves the chase so if you do leave your dog in the garden unattended you should make sure that he or she cannot escape - they are likely to chase cars and could get run over. The dog is generally very obedient as it loves to please and it is this quality that makes the Cavalier King Charles an ideal dog for showing.