The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel falls under the Toy group of dog breed. It is a little dog with a graceful personality suited for any dog lover that is looking for a companion.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gives birth to 4-6 puppies at a time and if your dog is about to give birth to little puppies, you are at the right place. In this article, you will learn about the developmental process of the puppies and their behavior each week up to adulthood.


The newborn Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is completely dependent on its mother. They are fully deaf, blind, and toothless plus the puppies cannot generate heat on their own. So, all the puppies pile up against their mother’s body for warmth.

Do not separate any puppy from its mother because it might die of hypothermia. The mother will lick the puppies to clean them and also to stimulate them to pee and defecate. From birth to few weeks, the bitch takes full care of her puppies and keeps them warm and safe.

Neonatal Stage: Birth To 2 Weeks

The first two weeks of the these puppies are very delicate. They have to fully rely on their mother from food to defecating. So, at this time of the birth, make sure the mother is taking good care of the puppies.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel newborn puppies
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel newborn puppies sleeping.
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The puppies need good sleep that is 90 percent of the time. They should only feed on the mother’s milk because it is high in colostrum that provides antibodies to fight against diseases and infections.

At this stage, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies cannot walk. However, they crawl here and there which make their body muscles move and helps in the development of the muscles.

Transitional Stage: 2 To 4 Weeks

The transitional stage is a very important part of any dog’s life. In this period, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy gets to open its eyes and hear for the first time since its birth. Although they cannot fully see, they can recognize their mother and littermates. They become able to move some bit with their wobbly walk.

The puppy will be able to learn and recognize its mother and littermates voices. They also start making their own vocabulary by whining, yelping. You will see them sampling food from their mother’s plate but their teeth still will not be fully developed. So, avoid giving them solid food yourself.

Socialization Stage: 4 To 12 Weeks

At the period, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is grown to a point where they can see and hear clearly. It becomes able to walk, play with its littermates, and also able to eat solid food. The puppy should be taught some basic training at this age. It is a perfect time to start teaching your puppy some basics like potty and obedience training.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy running
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy running.
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When the puppy gets 8-10 weeks old, slowly expose them to the outside world. Introduce them to new people and the outer environment. The puppy fears easily at this age, so take your time and take them out to a place with less crowd at the beginning.

Juvenile Stage: 3 To 6 months

The juvenile stage is a period when the puppy is about to hit puberty and is ready to leave its puppyhood behind. However, it still is a puppy in the heart despite the changes in physical appearance. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is very energetic at this period and its energy can become difficult to handle.

This is a time where a master should establish a consistent leadership upon Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are very eager to please, so are easy to train if taught using positive method.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cute puppy
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cute puppy.
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When the puppy reach 6-12 weeks, vaccinate them with distemper, parvovirus, DHPP and in 18 weeks, give them rabies vaccination.

Adolescence: 6 To 18 Months

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small-sized dog breed, so they reach adolescence faster than large-sized dog breeds. They hit puberty at this age. the female pup will experience her first heat at the age of 5-6 months. Whereas the male testosterone level increases by 10 months.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is high in energy at this age, so their training should be increased. They need a good leader who can provide them with good physical and mental exercises. You can see them get bored easily, so different exercises and games are recommended. Socialize them with different pets and a variety of people.

Vaccination Chart For Cavalier King Spaniel

6 to 8 WeeksDistemper, parvovirus
10 to 12 WeeksDHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parinfluenza, and parvovirus)
16 to 18 WeeksDHPP, rabies
Every 1 to 2 YearsDHPP
Every 1 to 3 YearsRabies (as required by law)
Vaccination Chart For Cavalier King Spaniel.

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