If your precious Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is expecting a few fluff balls of her own, don't make any assumptions regarding litter size based on your past experiences with other breeds. Average litter size varies greatly depending the specific breed, after all. Cavalier litters usually consist of around five puppies.
About Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are lively and graceful toy dogs that possess silky-smooth long fur, and usually friendly and laid-back temperaments along with big, wide set, deep brown eyes. In terms of coat color, the small United Kingdom native companion canines often are multicolored, with a variety of different combinations, such as white and red, and tan and black. Solid fur Cavaliers also do exist, generally either in reddish-brown or chestnut.
Normal Litter Size
The "normal" size of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel litter ranges from two to six puppies. However, some litters may have less than that, while some may have more. It all depends on the individual doggie. In terms of an average, the size is approximately five puppies. If you have any questions regarding your pet's specific litter size, speak to your veterinarian.
If the mother Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is new at the whole birthing experience, expect her litter to be a little smaller than average. For this breed, if a doggie is a first time mommy, she'll probably give birth to less than five youngsters. Up until a female dog's fourth litter or so, the litter size usually augments, according to the American Kennel Club. In litters later than that, however, the size generally tapers off. Again, this also may vary greatly depending on the specific Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. All dogs are not made the same.
Average Litter Size for Canines in General
The number of bouncy puppies in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel litter usually is less than the canine average. Across the board in dog breeds, the average number for pups in a litter is between six and 10 puppies, according to the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society. Dogs from especially large-sized breeds also usually give birth to more puppies at one time, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are relatively little dogs.
- American Kennel Club: AKC Meet the Breeds -- Get to Know the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- American Kennel Club: Breeder's Handbook -- Variables That Influence Litter Size; Dr. Bretaigna Jones
- Terrific Pets: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
- Oxford Lafayette Humane Society: Animal Overpopulation
- Petfinder: Adopt a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA: General Information
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