Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted June 1, 2015
As I understand it, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were bred to be lap dogs. Their "instinct drive" is to sit on your lap. I've seen this in action. Once you create a lap by sitting down in my parents living room, Hannah will immediately try to sit with you. If you are sitting in the reading chair, she feels that you MUST be accompanied by her. It's clearly her mission in life. Since my parents (both grandparents now) do a lot of sitting these days, Hannah is their perfect dog. She also doesn't shed, doesn't bark too much, and gets along pretty well with the other dog. She's small, her fur is silky and pleasant to pet, and all she wants to do is sit next to you. As a bonus, they look kind of goofy: they have apple heads, googly eyes, and feathers (long hairs) on their feet. Sometimes this means they don't make much traction with the floor. So, if you're looking for an aristocratic, faintly ridiculous looking companion animal, I really can't recommend CKC Spaniels enough. You'll be in the company of kings, queens, William F. Buckley, and a bunch other wealthy folks.