The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been a sweet natured warmer of laps and hearts for centuries. Named for King Charles II of Britain, they commonly appear in paintings and tapestries depicting aristocratic families and their luxurious trappings. Though descended from hunting spaniels and even occasionally hunted with, they have always been primarily companions. Today, their companion role is a versatile one and they can be seen competing in conformation, obedience, and agility as well as serving as therapy dogs. Cavaliers are very good natured and trainable, trustworthy around children, and adaptable to rural or urban life. Their medium length, silky coats come in a variety of colors and require weekly brushing but no trimming.