The Cavalier King Charles is a toy breed Spaniel who is lively and very affectionate. He loves company and this makes the dog a great family pet. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are biddable and usually placid little dogs and this means that they get on well with people and with other family pets. Because the Cavalier King Charles is so small as a puppy he or she is better off in a household where the children are older - it is not always easy to get little ones to understand that a pet is smaller than them and needs careful handling.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog who loves nothing more than a lot of petting and cuddles, this means that he or she is also a dog who would be unhappy if left alone for long periods. They were bred as companion dogs and well to do English ladies used to have them to warm their feet or their laps - hence the name lap dog. The breed is noted for its easy nature and ability to fit into a family structure. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is as happy in the house as it is running around outside - they love company and this makes them an ideal family pet. Children also take more easily to a dog who enjoys their company than one who is ambivalent.
If what you are looking for is a friendly, obedient and easygoing dog then the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel might be just the thing that your family needs. They can adapt just as well to apartment living as they can to living in a large house. Because they are such a small animal they need a lot less exercise than many other dogs - saves on arguments over whose turn it is to walk the dog when the weather is wet or cold. The Cavalier King Charles is very friendly and amiable to both family and friends. They do not necessarily make a good guard dog because of their size and their friendly nature. They are often as happy to romp with children as they are to recline on the lap of their master or mistress.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a good sense of smell and this probably comes from his or her gun dog ancestry. They will often sniff in the same spot for ages when they are out for a walk - they also tend to chase things and may need to be kept on a leash when out in the open. It is also a good idea to make sure that there are no holes in the garden fence for the dog to get through. All in all the Cavalier King Charles is a charming dog who will make an excellent family pet.