Cavaliers are extremely loving dogs that are known to constantly have their tails wagging. This breed is extremely loyal and dislikes being left alone. They love to be with their owner, and will accompany them like a happy, little shadow. Their desire to please makes them relatively easy to train, but because they have a very gentle personality, it would be helpful to reinforce good behavior rather than punish them for bad behavior. This breed does have a high prey drive, so they may try to chase small animals. It would be wise to keep them in an enclosed area and monitored, or kept on a leash so they don’t accidentally wander off. This breed knows no stranger and craves attention from everyone they meet, which doesn’t make them a very good guard dog. Because of their size, Cavaliers can adapt really well to living in an apartment, as long as they are receiving enough physical and mental exercise throughout the day. It is vitally important not to take them on walks during the heat of the day, as they do not do well in extreme temperatures, and are especially intolerant to the heat. Though the Cavalier is a toy breed, it is one of the largest in this category. They usually weigh between 13-18 pounds, and are typically 12-13 inches tall at the shoulder. This breed has a silky, medium-length coat that can come in four different colors: ruby, tan and black, blenheim, or tricolor. Their coat is relatively easy to maintain, but does need to be brushed to avoid tangling, especially the feathery hair around their ears and legs. Although they are average shedders, their grooming is fairly easy to maintain, and their coats are often left longer for a more natural look. With routine veterinary visits, love and care your Cavalier should live a long and happy life.
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