Cavaliers do not like being alone
Take the breed’s desire to be with people
all the time. Cavaliers follow their people from
room to room, back and forth, upstairs and
downstairs. It’s like having ladies or gentlemen in waiting and is perhaps a behavioral echo from the
toy spaniels who accompanied their royal
masters and mistresses long ago.
All of our dogs let you know how much they
love you all the time, anytime we sit on the couch
it is like a wrestling match to see who can beat the
other up there first onto our laps.
Cavaliers love to sleep with you and either lie
on top of you, pressed right against you or
spooning with you at night.
Separation Anxiety is the most common problem
with the King Charles. They are very dependent
upon the people they love and hate to be alone.
If they live in a house with people who work, a
companion animal can keep them from becoming
too anxious. Exercise can help, but generally the
anxiety is rooted solely in their being left alone and
they will bark excessively and chew destructively
until someone comes home.
The King Charles is best for a two-pet home, families with a stay at home parent, or empty nest retirees.
Cavaliers are not Street-wise and are unaware of Dangers around them
Cavaliers like to chase things.
This is great if you want a dog who will retrieve
tennis balls or flying discs, but it also means that Cavaliers will run right in front of a car in pursuit of
a bird or squirrel, and many have done so.
Even the best-trained Cavalier never should be
let off-leash in an unsecured area. Once they are
focused on that object in motion, only the promise
of something better — like a steak — will
draw them to your side.
To lure them with that better option, you have
to regain their attention, which isn’t easily done.