The small and beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have long, softy, shiny coats if they are healthy and properly groomed. The coloring is typically black and tan or black and white with tan areas around the nose, above the eyes on the legs and feet. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires regular grooming attention or their coats will lose the attractive luster.
Weekly grooming is advised for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Chose a brush or comb that will not damage the coat or irritate the skin and make grooming a part of a regular routine from day one. Your Cavalier will truthfully benefit from brushing and combing more than once weekly if you can afford the time. The long hair of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires more grooming time than other breeds but it is worth the effort. If left undone for a long period of time, the dog’s coat may become dirty, tangled and dull. Upkeep is not merely for looks sake, but a messy knot of hair makes future grooming a real pain.
Aside from brushing or combing, bathing is also an essential part of grooming your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Beginning at the puppy stage, bathe your Cavalier regularly. You may choose to do it on your own or opt for a professional dog salon where they can take care of some other details along the way. While they can do some of your chores, you will be required to pay close attention to ear cleanings and brushing. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like many Spaniels, are susceptible to ear problems so when grooming the ears always check the cleanliness of the ear opening and remove any excess particles that could cause future problems. This is not only good for your dog’s health, but will also make them feel comfortable and happier after each time its done.
For such a small dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel demands a lot of attention both emotionally and hygienically. You should always be aware of your dog’s personal care needs and note the area that need the most attention. Eyes can be another annoyance for your Cavalier if you are not attentive enough. Carefully brush and clean around the dog’s eyes. If neglected the long hair will get into their sensitive eyes risking future complications. The nails and feet also demand special care because this small breed does not need or get much exercise. As a result, their nails grow quickly and will often need to be attended to regularly. In addition, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have problem feet that should be checked every time the nails are clipped. Be sure to inspect the pads, making sure that they are not cracked or full of hair between toes. Through regular bathing and brushing you will be able to monitor and take care of most issues that may occur with you Cavalier.
This regular routine of grooming will prevent health problems through early detection. It is always best to take care of all problems, no matter how minor, from the beginning. This will avoid bigger issues from arising later. As with all dogs if you look after and regularly care for your King Charles Cavalier Spaniel he will appreciate the gesture and return it with great love and companionship.