STANDARD CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
CAVALIER KING CHARACTER
Cavalier is a very active and lively dog, loves playing so much and is never aggressive, very ideal companion really suitable for young as well as for old people.
Cavaliers are usually happy, bright, affectionate little dogs, friendly and sociable with people and other dogs, and devoted to their owners. They are good with old folk as they are not too boisterous and are easily manageable – but equally good with children, they love a game! Suitable for able bodied and disabled people alike, they can adapt to most homes – town or country, flats or farms. Cavaliers are ‘people dogs’ and do not like to be left on their own for long periods. Bright, playful and intelligent dogs, always keen to please their owners, they are quite trainable and can enjoy agility too. They are one of the least aggressive breeds, and either sex make excellent pets. Males tend not to be aggressive as they can be in some other breeds. When it comes to exercise, they will go for long or short walks. They do not need long walks but many enjoy them.
His size and weight makes Cavalier suitable for somewhat more demanding dog sport, especially agility competition.
STANDARD CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
ORIGIN: Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 04.11.2008.
UTILIZATION: Companion and Toy.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 9 Companion and ToyDogs.
Section 7 English Toy Spaniels. Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Active, graceful and well balanced, with gentle expression.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: Sporting, affectionate, absolutely fearless. Gay, friendly, non-aggressive; no tendency towards nervousness.
Skull: Almost flat between ears.
Nose: Nostrils black and well developed without flesh marks.
Muzzle: Length from base of stop to tip of nose about 1 1/2 ins. (3,8 cm). Well tapered. Face well filled below eyes. Any tendency to snipiness undesirable.Lips: Well developed and not pendulous.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Eyes: Large, dark, round but not prominent; spaced well apart.Ears: Long, set high, with plenty of feather.
NECK: Moderate length, slightly arched.
Back : Level.
Loin : Short-coupled.
Chest : Moderate; good spring of ribs.
TAIL: Length of tail in balance with body, well set on, carried happily but never much above the level of the back. Docking previously optional when no more than one-third was to be removed.
FOREQUARTERS: Legs moderately boned, straight.
Shoulders: Well laid back.
HINDQUARTERS: Legs with moderate bone.
Stifle: Well turned.
Hocks: No tendency to cow- or sickle-hocks.
FEET: Compact, cushioned and well feathered.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Free-moving and elegant in action, plenty of drive from behind. Fore-and hindlegs move parallel when viewed from in front and behind.
HAIR: Long, silky, free from curl. Slight wave permissible. Plenty of feathering. Totally free from trimming.
COLOUR: Recognized colours are :
• Black and Tan: Raven black with tan markings above the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest and legs and underside of tail. Tan should be bright. White marks undesirable.
• Ruby: Whole coloured rich red. White markings undesirable.
• Blenheim: Rich chestnut markings well broken up, on pearly white ground. Markings evenly divided on head, leaving room between ears for much valued lozenge mark or spot (a unique characteristic of the breed).
• Tricolour: Black and white well spaced, broken up, with tan markings over eyes, cheeks, inside ears, inside legs, and on underside of tail.
Any other colour or combination of colours highly undesirable.
WEIGHT: 5,4 – 8 kg (12 – 18 lbs). A small, well-balanced dog well within these weights desirable.
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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