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Difference Between Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs. King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the King Charles Spaniel are two different types of dogs in the Cocker spaniel family. Even though their names are very similar, there are many physical and temperamental differences between the two. There has been much controversy between owners of the two dogs. The King Charles Spaniel is a purebred that cost thousands to purchase. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not a purebred but has been sold misleadingly by breeders as such. Both spaniels are common in the United Kingdom, and King Charles II was the inspiration for the creation of the breed.

A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is physically different from the King Charles Spaniel, however, it is not purebred. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not purebred spaniels and will appear similar to the King Charles Spaniel but they are not the same. The King Charles Spaniel is sought after by purebred owners and breeders across the world. The skull of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is flat between and near the ear area, and the nose of the Cavalier is shorter than the typical King Charles. The King Charles has a dome-shaped head with large and sometimes protruding eyes. The nose of the King Charles is small, turned up, and almost flush with the top of the skull itself. A standout characteristic of the King Charles is the under bite or slight protrusion of the lower jaw further then the top. The feet of the Cavalier are well padded, small, and have feather-like fur atop the paws themselves. These spaniels are larger than the King Charles because they can grow to nearly 18 pounds and will have a black, tan, and even tri-colored fur coats. Some Cavaliers can have a cut tail, and others may have a full length tail depending on the owner of the spaniel.

King Charles spaniels are smaller than the Cavalier King Charles as they can only weigh up to 14 pounds. The feet of this spaniel are rounded and are similar to that of a cat. Cavalier and King Charles spaniels tend to be friendly, outgoing, and non-aggressive. They are great family dogs with a reserved and kind disposition very much unlike other small dogs.


1.The King Charles Spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are types of dogs in the spaniel family. They were created in resemblance of King Charles II’s dog during the Restoration.
2.The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a flat head and are not purebred spaniels. The King Charles Spaniels are purebreds and have a dome-shaped head with protruding eyes and no snout. Because the King Charles Spaniels are purebred, they are expensive to own whereas the Cavalier is not.
3.Both the Cavalier and the King Charles Spaniels are the same color and can have a docked or full-length tail depending on the owner or breeder.
4.The Cavalier is friendly and outgoing while the King Charles is reserved. Both dogs are kind and great family dogs for children of any age.

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  1. Please get your facts straight! Both breeds are recognized pure breed dogs. Both have their own standard. Neither is in the Cocker Spaniel breed, which is a breed all it’s own. They are all spaniels, however.

  2. When making a statement please get facts right or you are misleading members of the public. Contrary to what you’ve written above, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel IS as ‘purebred’ as any other pedigree dog, and as for cost they are most definitely not cheaper than a King Charles Spaniel. You also say that the nose of a Cavalier is shorter than the King Charles Spaniel when in fact it’s the exact opposite… it’s the Cavalier that has the longer nose.

  3. On top of she does not knows how to write property, she’s repeating herself constantly on the cavaliers not being purebred, she must have a competition with someone that has a cavalier better than her King Charles lol

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