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Health and Training for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

 Health and Training for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

The King Charles Spaniel dog experiences mostly similar health problems to other toy dog breeds.  Among the most common Cavalier health problems are:

  • Early-onset heart murmur
  • Eye problems such as retinal dysplasia and cataracts
  • Luxating patellas (slipping knees).

It is also not unusual for a small percentage of King Charles dogs to experience orthopedic problems. Hip dysplasia can occur but since they are a smaller breed of dog, it isn’t a tremendous burden.

There has been a recently recognized issue in toy dogs that could contribute to a King Charles Cavalier health problems and it is syringomyelia.  It is when the back portion of the brain crowds which leads to spinal problems.  Cavaliers should benefit from evaluations by veterinary specialists such as cardiologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists and reproductive specialists in an ongoing effort to improve the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel health.

Cavalier King Charles training is quite easy.  They are intelligent and eager to learn.  When it comes to King Charles Spaniel training, they respond best to “clicker training”, and when it comes to potty training always praise the dog profusely when they do their business in the RIGHT place so they no they did a good thing.

To help with the Cavalier King Charles health, it is best to give them plenty of exercise.  They should be walked twice daily and played with constantly.