Cavalier King Charles Spaniels may look easy to care for with their luscious locks and sad brown eyes, but maintaining their coat can be a real pain in the tail if you don't know what you're doing. The reason grooming silky-haired dogs like spaniels is fur-strating for many pets and owners is because their hair is finer than most breeds.
Don't get your fur in a bunch, though. We'll show you exactly how to groom your Spaniel in a way that's comfortable for both of you.
A visit to the groomer can be quite overwhelming for a shy breed like a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. New smells, loud blow dryers, unfamiliar dogs, and strange sensations can be scary for a dog who doesn't understand what's happening. Even DIYing your dog's 'do at home can be an adjustment for a pet who's never been cut and styled before.
Grooming Cavalier King Charles Spaniels at home from a young age can help get your dog accustomed to the process. Spaniels' coats grow quickly, and their long, fine hair is prone to painful matting. Regular brushing, conditioning, and trims will train the hair and help them stay more sanitary.
Cavalier's coat texture and growth pattern are comparable to Afgan hounds and Setters. The hair grows longer on their ears, legs, abdomen, and tail than other parts of their body, so you'll need to pay special attention to these fast-growing areas when maintaining the hair.
Spaniels are particularly susceptible to inner and outer ear infections due to their floppy ears, which hold moisture. Gently dry the inside of your dog's ears with a soft cloth after bathing to prevent inflammation and infections. Some Spaniel groomers also pluck or trim the sparse hairs inside the ear canal to increase air circulation. Be very careful if you choose to remove your dog's inner ear hair--this area is very delicate and vascular.