Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originated in England and is named on King Charles II. This is an elegant, cute, and an energetic toy breed that can survive well in city or country life. Their calm and gentle nature makes them wonderful therapy dogs. They have a silky coat which comes in four colors – Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black, white, and tan), Ruby (solid red) and Black and Tan. As a sweet, gentle, playful, affectionate and a quiet dog, it is friendly toward other dogs and pets in the household and even strangers. It is quite active in the outdoors. This breed has an average life span of 9-14 years. A lot of grooming is required for this breed. The long coat needs frequent brushing as it is prone to tangling and matting around the ears. The hair on the feet need regular trimming. Also, the inside of the ears needs to be cleaned regularly. The dog should be kept completely dry and warm after a bath. The coat of this dog does not shed much. Health concerns in this breed include syringomyelia, dislocating kneecaps (patella), back troubles, ear infections, early deafness or hearing trouble. This breed should not be overfed as they tend to gain weight which can pose serious health issues. They are also prone to mitral valve disease, a genetic heart problem. MVI, CHD, patellar luxation, entropion, and retinal dysplasia are some of the other problems observed in the breed. Thus, this breed should be given regular cardiac, hip, knee, and eye tests.