Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Breed Standard
General Appearance   Active, graceful and well balanced with gentle expression .
Characteristics   Sporting, affectionate, absolutely fearless.
Temperament   Gay, friendly, non-aggressive, no tendency towards nervousness.
Eyes   Large, dark, round but not prominent; space well apart.
Ears   Long, set high, with plenty of feathers.
Mouth   Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular complete scissor bite, i.e. the
upper teeth closely overlapping the low teeth and set square to the jaws.
Neck   Moderate length, slightly arched.
Forequarters   Chest moderate, shoulders well laid back, straight legs moderately
Hindquarters   Legs with moderate bone; well turned stifle - no tendency to cow
or sickle hocks.
Feet   Compact, cushioned and well feathered.
Coat   Long, silky, free from curl. Slight wave permissible.
Plenty of feathering. Totally free from trimming.
(Recognised colours
Black and Tan
Raven black with tan marking above the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears,
on chest and legs and underside of tail. Tan should be bright. White
marks undesirable.

Whole coloured rich red. White markings undesirable.


Rich chestnut markings well broken up on pearly white ground.
Markings evently divided on head, leaving room between ears for
much-valued lozenge mark or spot a unique characteristic of the

Black and white well spaced, broken up, with tan markings over eyes,
cheeks, inside legs, and on underside of tail.

Weight and size Weight about twelve to eighteen pounds.
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.

All breed pictures provided by courtesy of Mrs Margaret Franze.