Description: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a beautiful small spaniel with dark, gentle, expressive round eyes. Cushioning underneath the eyes helps give the breed its characteristic soft expression. The long ears are well-feathered. The body is slightly longer than it is tall, with a level topline. A scissors bite is preferred. The tail is sometimes docked to no less than two-thirds its original length (but many owners don't bother).
The silky coat, sometimes with a slight waviness, comes in solid ruby, black and tan, tricolor and Blenheim (rich chestnut on a pearly white background) colors. On Blenheim dogs, a chestnut-red spot on top of the head between the ears is preferred, but not essential. Chest, ears, legs, and feet should all be feathered. Some larger males may weigh up to 25 lbs.