Before you get a dog, it makes sense to inform yourself about its lifespan. Especially if you are looking for a family dog, children should be able to spend as much time as possible with the dog. In this article, I will talk about the life expectancy of the Cavalier Child Charles Spaniel.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live to be 10 years old on average. This is about 5 years less than dog breeds of comparable size. How old Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live is directly related to how much they are affected by various diseases. Cavaliers are, unfortunately, not a healthy dog breed.
How long do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live on average about 10 years. This is about 3-5 years less than other dogs of this size.
It is said that small dog breeds live longer than large ones. However, the lifespan of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has decreased significantly from the original 14 years.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not a healthy dog breed. Due to questionable breeding goals, the breed became more and more susceptible to diseases which, of course, affected the life expectancy of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
The Cavalier suffers from brachycephaly which makes breathing difficult, but also from heart diseases or allergies.
Of course, you can be “lucky,” Your Cavalier will stay healthy, live a long life, and be 14 years old. But this is not the rule.
What influences the lifespan of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Various factors influence the life expectancy of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
High-quality dog food
In my opinion, a crucial factor is food. If you want your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to live as long as possible (which is what you want), you should choose high-quality dog food.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that well-known brands are synonymous with good food. A high meat content characterizes good dog food. Furthermore, it does not contain unnecessary artificial additives or added sugar.
I think one of the best dog food currently on the market is the dry food from Orijen*.
Sufficient exercise and occupation
It should go without saying that you should take your Cavalier King Charles for a walk every day. This ensures that your dog is content and happy.
Too little exercise, in the long run, causes boredom, stress, and frustration. This, in turn, encourages cortisol production. Cortisol is the stress hormone that negatively affects the immune system.
Your Cavalier may become more susceptible to disease, which can negatively impact life expectancy.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are social and companion dogs. They love to be around their owners. As mentioned earlier, constant stress is never good.
However, if your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has to be left alone for long periods, it can cause stress. So, if you work full-time, a Cavalier is not the breed for you.
However, it happens now and then that you have to leave a dog alone. Therefore you must get him used to it slowly from the beginning. For example, if you have to go shopping or have an important appointment.
Your Cavalier is not eating outside.
Train your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel not to eat during the walk. There is special poison bait training in, e.g., online dog schools*.
Of course, your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will not live old if he eats anything on a walk and runs the risk of gassing himself.
If you notice any changes in your Cavalier, have him examined by your veterinarian. It is often too late to wait until your dog is ill because dogs “suffer silently.” Various diseases are best treated if they are detected early.
There are some important vaccinations for dogs. However, you should discuss with your vet which vaccinations are useful, so your dog is protected in the best possible way.
For example, we have had all our dogs vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is almost always fatal.
Most common causes of death in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels rarely die of old age at 14 years of age or older.
Often they live to a maximum of only 10 years due to heart or neurological diseases.
If you still want a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, you should choose a reputable breeder.
You may have to wait a little longer for your puppy. But breeders make all possible examinations of the parents to exclude the best possible hereditary diseases.
Of course, untrustworthy breeders who are not bound by rules do not do this. The chance you will get a sick Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a short life span is higher.
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Conclusion: How long do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, unfortunately, do not live that long in relation to comparable dog breeds. The original life expectancy of 13-15 years has decreased to an average of 10 years. The reason for this is that various diseases are becoming more and more common due to questionable breeding goals.
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I am Marco, and I am very lucky to live with 3 big Mastiff-type dogs. In this blog, I want to share all my experiences and knowledge about dogs.