The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog that once belonged exclusively to the nobility of Europe. The breed was developed by the Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill. Although the breed is rather small, Churchill noted that the breed was quick enough to match pace with a trotting horse. Although the breed is a spaniel (and therefore, a sporting dog), the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was intended to be a companion dog (particularly a "lap" dog). However, the breed needs a certain amount of activity to prevent obesity, and the dog is generally rather playful. This means that you should incorporate a number of bonding activities into your pup's exercise routine in order for the dog to remain healthy.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel might have been developed as a lap dog, but deep in the pup's heart, they are hunters. Utilize this natural instinct in your pup! Engage them in scent games that stimulate their brains and reward them with a treat. Your Cavalier is also happy to join you on trips, and the small size of the dog will lend to packing them easily into your vehicle for a ride. At the end of the day, ask your lap dog to do just that - sit in your lap as you reflect on time well spent together.