Jessii Baybee: Why is it that my cavalier king Charles spaniel is taller than others?
My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is taller than others and is only 3 years old. I was told by the breeder that he was a pure breed and he looks like one just much taller. Anyone got the same problem or does anyone know why he is taller than most others?
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Answer by zoo
It is the result of the breeder's breeding program…. or if you dog is over the AKC standard, lack of breeding program.
To produce top examples of any breed requires extensive research and careful planning.
Unfortunately there are far more people that are in it for the money and are not paying attention to what is good for the breed. Even those who are doing all the right things can get caught up in the fad of the moment which is why you see changes in a breed over the years. For example, Golden Retrievers were not originally the large blonde big boned dogs you see today. They were smaller boned, darker golden and much less coat. Somewhere along the way the heavier coated blonde dogs started winning in the show ring and that is the direction the breed went.
Any breed or kennel club's registry is only as good as the integrity of it's members and unfortunately very few registries regulate their membership. Most just collect the money from registrations.
Bottom line is deal with a breeder who is experienced, has done all the proper research, health checks and you should be in good hands.
Regardless of your dog's height, love him and cherish him. He does not know he is taller than what you think he should be.
Answer by Billy B
I have a Cavalier King Charles of 2 1/2. It depends on how many inches he is? Mine comes up from my middle finger to my elbow at the top of his head (I dont' have a measuring tape handy..lol) I would say approximately 15 inches or there abouts to the top of his head. He is a purbread. You should have gotten the appropriate purebred papers to go with him as I did. All dogs have some genetics to them. What height is he at?
Answer by abbyful
Some dogs just grow taller. My dog ended up taller than both her parents, and is just barely within the breed standard for size.
And some dogs don't grow as big as they were expected. My parents have a tiny toy poodle that wasn't expected to be as small as she turned out.
Answer by Karuna
Here’s my experience:
My CKC Spaniel is a purebred. I went to a reputable, AKC-certified breeder and saw him & his parents when he was 2 weeks old. His mother is 13 pounds. His father was a bit bigger but, like all her breeding pairs on the premises, within AKC “toy” standards.
Kingsley is now 4 years old, 15 3/4 inches at the withers and 23 pounds. He has long legs, is perfectly proportioned, and is pure muscle (read: NOT fat). He is an agility star (jumps 16″ in AKC & CPE while other CKC Spaniels jump 8″-12″).
Remember, these dogs were sometimes used for hunting “back in the day.” My dog somehow picked up some old CKC DNA string as he has hunting instincts and behaviors.
He’s also extremely intelligent and knows “right” from “left,” for example. So I take umbrage with replies of a bigger dog “polluting” the breed or my dog’s heritage — let alone my research on breeders — being questioned. The joy of genetics is that nice, recessive surprises are produced.
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