The Ultimate Guide for choosing a King Charles Spaniel

Published on 12 January 2023 at 10:06


So you’re considering a little look into owning a King Charles Spaniel? These little dogs with their angelic looking faces, are a smaller breed and are very affectionate, they have now become vastly popular because of the obvious titles - now that we have our own King Charles of the United Kingdom and will be even more so after the Coronation happens, so take a read below and hurry on that Spaniel-train quickly.


Colourings of a King Charles Spaniel 


The spaniel's colouring is very distinctive, the rarest being tricolour or Ruby, there is also black and tan or blenheim being the most popular. 


Their trainability 


It is advised best to start preparing to train your King Charles Spaniel as soon as possible when they are around 4 to 5 weeks. They are highly trainable. Remembering to keep an eye on them though, both indoors and outdoors while they are puppies, like most other breeds. Using the treat method reward for every good action makes training fun for the dog.


Photo from Purina Website


Meet a dog Groomer


My closest friend Sal, owns


She has always wanted to be a dog groomer and finally took the step to open her very own business in 2021. Her extensive clientele and knowledge was deservedly recognised when she was listed as one of the best dog groomers in Northamptonshire in May 2022. Let’s hear what she has to say about our Spaniels.

‘This breed remains the winner in the Most Prestigious Award for dog shows.  That will be down to their silky coats, their loyalty and tolerance. They were always bred in the past for their companionship mainly but can also be sporting dogs’.



‘They are not particularly complicated or hard to groom, some can be extremely well behaved and actually don’t mind a little pampering. The differences between a King Charles and a Cavalier, is that Cavaliers are slightly larger in size’.



‘Like most other dogs they don’t like to be left for long periods alone, they love company. They also really enjoy walks, some of these breeds can keep walking until they drop, so it is advised to keep an eye on them. And best of all they adore being around children.’


Photo courtesy of Clock Tower Tails.

The owner of the dogs is Kirsten Haddock.


Did you know?


It is rumoured that King Charles II wrote a decree to allow his King Charles spaniel to be accepted in any public place, including the Houses of Parliament where no animals were allowed. I cannot confirm or deny that this was actually true but what an exciting thought.


Some very important information 


  • Unfortunately these breeds of dogs do come with some common health problems. To name a few:


      Heart problems 

      Hip dysplasia 

      Eye problems (blindness) 


  • Cavaliers are non-shedding, hypoallergenic. 


  • They don't bark a lot but can become yappy when bored. 


With thanks to Sal at Clock Tower Tails (Northampton) for her information and advice. 



Overall, your King Charles Spaniel should become your best friend and will always be there for hugs and lifting your spirits. I hope this has helped you in your quest and thank you for reading, as always. 



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Jenny in Neverland
a year ago

You know, I hadn't considered that King Charles Spaniel's might be growing in popularity now because of the king. Seems obvious when you think about it, haha! This is a lot of really great information for anyone thinking about getting one :) Always good to be reminded of any health problems certain breeds might have.

a year ago

Thank for commenting Jenny. It does seem obvious now, my friend has had lots in to groom lately. Always best to be honest aswell as informative I find x

Transatlantic Notes
a year ago

I've never had a King Charles Spaniel before but know had a number of friends who do and they've always seemed like lovely dogs. This is a great guide; thanks for sharing it!
Molly |

a year ago

Oh they are lovely looking dogs, so loyal too. Thank you for reading Molly x

Fransic verso
a year ago

Very informative and on time because I'm planning to buy my first pet(dog). I will keep this in mind.

a year ago

Excellent news! I wish you all the luck in your quest, looking for that right dog is a big decision.

a year ago

I'm not surprised the King had such a decree put in place. If I had a KCS, I'd do the same with that much power!

a year ago

Haha, yes I believe I would too