King Cavrin

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the King Cavrin

The King Cavrin is a lesser-known hybrid, a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Cairn Terrier. These medium-sized dogs get off to a good start with both parents, who have character and are eager to please. Indeed, a well-socialized King Cavrin puppy makes an excellent pet. The downside of the King Cavrin is their health, due to Cavalier heritage and its high risk of heart disease. However, if you believe that the introduction of Cairn blood reduces the risk of heart disease, it remains completely a gamble.

History of the King Cavrin

Hybrid dogs such as the King Cavrin don't yet have a long history. Instead, their history is largely that of their parent breeds.
        

A little of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

        
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a long history dating back to the 16th century. This attractive Spaniel was a favorite of royalty and nobility, and it was their most famous patron, King Charles II, who gave the breed its name. In the 18th century, the breed's popularity as a pet waned in favor of flatter breeds such as the Pug, but it was inevitable that they would make a comeback at some point. This happened in the mid-19th century under the patronage of the Duke of Marlborough, who was responsible for breeding Cavaliers with the coat color known as Blenheim.
Standard of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A little of the Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier originated on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. As early as the 16th century, these small, wiry Terriers were bred to hunt foxes and rodents that had dens in the steep rocks, or cairns, of the region. Most Scottish Terrier breeds are closely related. Indeed, the Cairn was one of a number of breeds derived from the West Highland White Terrier and the Scottish Terrier, all from common ancestors.
Standard of the Cairn Terrier

Appearance of the King Cavrin

Hybrid dogs often present a spectrum of appearance, with some puppies strongly resembling one or other side of the family tree, while a percentage represent a true blend of both parents. King Cavrin are well-proportioned, medium-sized dogs. Their head has a rounded forehead with a muzzle of reasonable length, neither too flat nor too long. They have floppy ears. Coat color and texture vary, from the coarse Cairn coat to the soft Cavalier hair. Again, color varies from the Cairn's soft wheat to the Cavalier's ruby and white or tricolor. These guys are also equipped with a straight, but waggly tail, with varying degrees of feathering depending on which parent they take after most.

Temperament of the King Cavrin

The King Cavrin is a good all-round family, with the Cavalier bringing the love and loyalty, energy and enterprise of Cairn. Thus, the perfect mix of dog becomes one that is affectionate, gentle, but also playful and curious. As medium-sized and moderately robust dogs, they are also capable of withstanding some rough treatment from young children in the household. However, any dog entering a family home needs to be well socialized as a puppy. This means using a breeder who, from an early age, endeavors to present his babies with a variety of sights, sounds and smells. This builds the puppy's confidence and reduces the risk of anxiety and fear of aggression in the adult dog.

Needs and activities of the King Cavrin

They are energetic and need daily walks and periods of play to expend this energy to stay fit, healthy and happy. The King Cavrin is capable of a moderate level of roaming and should be exercised in a fenced area or on a leash. Unless you want to chase your dog as he investigates interesting and unusual scents, it's advisable to keep him on a leash when outside the house and within the confines of a fenced garden or dog park. Daily walks, games of fetch and Frisbee and strolls in the fenced backyard or dog park - all activities your King Cavrin will enjoy.

Maintenance of the King Cavrin

The King Cavrin is a hybrid mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Cairn Terrier, and can adopt the physical and appearance characteristics of one or both of its parent breeds. It falls into a moderate maintenance level, probably being a minimal to moderate excretor and may or may not be hypoallergenic, depending on which parent breed has the most influence on the biological mix. King Cavrin should probably be brushed several times a week, and only bathed if necessary. The length of the nails, the cleanliness of the ears and teeth should be monitored frequently to keep him healthy and happy. Eye exams, ear exams and cleanings will be necessary to keep eyes and ears free of infection. Dental examinations and teeth cleanings at home and by the veterinary dental professional will help prevent the development of periodontal disease that can lead to tooth loss over time.

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