5 Dogs Similar to Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Are you looking for a new furry friend or simply enjoying learning about different dog breeds? Either way, you are in the right place!

In this blog post, we’ll explore some dogs similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

I’ll consider two key elements in this comparison guide: breeds with similar physical characteristics and/or breeds with similar personality traits.

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5 Dogs Similar to Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel

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English Toy Spaniels (also known as the King Charles Spaniel) are often mistaken for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, but Cavaliers are a distinctly different breed and were recognized as a separate breed by the AKC in 1995.  

English Toy Spaniels stand about 10 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder. They generally weigh 8 to 14 pounds.

English Toy Spaniel tails are often docked rather than displaying the long flowing tail feathers of a Cavalier. The Cavalier also has a longer snout and a more traditionally shaped “spaniel” head, whereas the traditional King Charles Spaniel has a more squashed face.

This resulted from cross-breeding with Pugs after William of Orange became King of England in 1689. William’s wife, Queen Mary (daughter of King Charles I), preferred Pugs to the King Charles Spaniel.

Cocker Spaniel

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Cocker Spaniels are larger than Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. While occasionally mistaken for Cocker Spaniels because of their general shape and size, Cockers are significantly larger dogs (growing to a shoulder height of 16 inches and weighing up to 30 pounds) with stockier frames and cropped (or “docked”) tails.

No one would ever consider docking the beautiful plumed tails of a Cavalier!

Both CKCS and Cocker Spaniels have life-loving, friendly personalities, which makes them great furry friends for families and individuals who enjoy spending time with their pets.

There are, however, distinctions between the two species in terms of their energetic requirements. The Cavalier is a breed with a low need for exercise, whereas the Cocker Spaniel is much more energetic.


papillon looking through the window

When it comes to comparing the Papillon and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeds, there are a few similarities worth noting. 

Firstly, both breeds are known for being all-around friendly, making them great companions for families and individuals alike. 

The two species are also quite similar regarding affection and energy levels. They love spending time with their owners and have an adaptable energy level, meaning they can be playful when needed or content just relaxing with their humans.

In terms of size, Papillons are typically a bit smaller than Cavaliers but still fall into the small breed category. Papillons generally weigh 5-10 pounds, while Cavaliers usually weigh 13-18 pounds. 

Regular maintenance to keep their majestic coats good looking is mandatory for both doggies. For those looking for a small, loving companion, either breed could make a great addition to the family.

Shih Tzu

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If you’re looking for a beloved companion pet, both Shih Tzus and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are great options that share many similarities.  Both are petite dogs with average weights of 9-16 pounds and 13-18 pounds, respectively.

They have long, dense, and silky coats that require regular grooming. Regarding energy levels, both breeds are relatively low energy and enjoy spending time lounging with their human owners. However, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to be a bit more active and enjoy regular exercise.

Both species share the mental traits of being playful and affectionate, making them wonderful pets and companions for people of all sorts. In addition, both dogs are flexible and do well in a wide range of environments, from small apartments to large mansions, as long as they’re close to their owners.


beagle sitting on sand

The first thing that Cavaliers and Beagles have in common is their adorable appearance. These two little bundles of adorableness are the first thing that comes to mind when I think about cute dogs.

They both have long, floppy ears that are simply irresistible. While their ears differ slightly in shape and size, it’s a unique characteristic that makes these breeds so special.

In terms of size, they are comparable as well; Beagles weigh between 20 and 30 pounds, which is still regarded as a small to medium breed.

When it comes to personalities, Beagles, like Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are sociable, loving dogs who thrive in homes with children and other pets. Separation anxiety is something that two dogs also share, as they prefer to be (almost always) in your company.