Hart to Hart Cavaliers

About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Is your home right for a cavalier? Just what makes these fearless little dogs so special? We are excited to share this wonderful breed with you, and appreciate that you are taking the time to research them!

Some of our blenheim cavalier puppies, just a few days old

Origin of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is descended from the King Charles Spaniel and other small Toy Spaniels seen in many sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth century paintings. Its breeders were trying to reproduce a toy dog similar to those seen in portraits from the time of England's Charles II, who was said to dote on these small dogs. In the 1920's the American, Roswell Eldridge, offered prize money during a Cruft's Dog Show in London, to any person exhibiting King Charles Spaniels with long noses. He was looking for dogs similar to those appearing in Van Dyck's paintings of King Charles II and his spaniels. By the 1940's these dogs were classified as a separate breed and were given the prefix Cavalier, to differentiate them from their forebears. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was shown in the Toy Group of the AKC beginning in 1996. -dogbreedinfo.com

Is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel right for you?


Cavaliers are often described as "love sponges" and they really do soak up affection. These little dogs love nothing more than spending time with their favorite people and do best in a home where they are not left alone for prolonged periods of time.

Cavaliers have a moderate energy level and can do very well living in apartments or with a small yard. Some people even call them the "ideal apartment dogs" because they are not "yappy," are very sociable, and are usually content to be up to whatever their owner is doing.

It is very important that your cavalier eats a healthy diet and gets regular exercise as this breed can be prone to weight gain which can be dangerous to their health!

Cavaliers do not do well in extreme heat and should never be left outside alone without cool shade and water!

Their long, beautiful coats do require brushing to prevent tangles and mats, and can sometimes collect leaves or burs. It is important to keep a cavalier's long ears and large eyes clean to prevent bacteria from accumulating. Most cavaliers are average shedders.

These loving little dogs are very eager to please which often means they are quite easy to train!

Quick Cavalier facts!


Cavaliers come in four different colors. Blenheim cavaliers are white with red markings. Tri-colored cavaliers (aka prince charles) are black and white with tan markings above their eyes, on their cheeks, and under their ears and tails. There are also black a tan cavaliers, which are completely black with the same tan markings of the tri-colored dogs. Finally, there is the ruby cavalier who is completely red. We usually specialize in blenheim and tri-colored cavaliers!

Cavaliers have an average life expectancy of 9 - 14 years. Unfortunately, as with most purebred dogs, cavaliers are prone to some possible hereditary health risks. We do our very best to raise healthy puppies and even offer a health guarantee.

Cavaliers are usually about 12 inches tall and weigh between 10 and 18 pounds. We are very good at estimating the adult weight of our liters, and can help you predict how big your puppy will become!

Our healthy, active puppies can excel at anything from obedience training to agility! We have puppies that have now gone to live with dogs, cats and other family pets as well as in apartments, houses, and with children. These are exceptional little dogs whose friendly, outgoing natures capture everyone's hearts. Please visit our Happy Tails page to hear more from families who have adopted puppies in the past!