How Much Does a Cavalier King Charles Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

A Cavalier King Charles puppy is classified as a toy dog and is considered as the most famous breed in the UK and in the United States.   This breed is usually small in size, has a silky coat and undocked type of tail, and these dogs are known to be affectionate, friendly, and good with humans and other animals.

Albert Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Glen Bowman, on Flickr
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How much does a Cavalier King Charles puppy cost?

On average, the price for a Cavalier King Charles puppy ranges anywhere from $900 to $2,400.  The costs will depend on the dog’s age, color, the quality, its bloodline, the breeder and geographical location.  AKC show based King Charles puppies can range anywhere from $1,200 to as $2,500, while older dogs, commonly found at shelters and rescue groups, can cost $50 to $350.  Mixed breeds, such as a teacup, can be in the $500 to $1,000 range.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club notes the breed should be in the $1,800 to $3,500 range.  However, according to our research, this price range is only true if you’re purchasing a purebred cleared of all health problems from a reputable breeder who is a member of various clubs.  Most, again, will be in the price range mentioned in our first point and usually won’t be more than $2,500.

What’s included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should be able to include a health certificate from a reputable breeder, a health guarantee, up to date vaccinations, a travel crate if being shipped and even a starter pack that may include food samples.  If registered with the AKC, paperwork will be included.  Some breeders may also include a microchip, DNA profile and DNA proof of parentage.

What are the extra costs?

Some breeders may offer breeding rights for an additional fee, which is usually between $500 to $900.

If the dog has to be shipped via an airline, it can cost an additional $150 to $400, depending on the airline and distance traveled.

Recurring costs need to be factored in such as food, shelter, accessories, toys and routine/surprise vet visits.

This dog can shed a lot and monthly professional grooming sessions are recommended, especially if you don’t have the time to groom yourself.  Grooming will keep the coat silky smooth and free of mats.

Tips to know:

This is the largest breed in the Toy Dog category, measuring 12 to 13 inches tall and weighing 14 to 20 pounds.

The breed is known to have four common color combinations:  black and tan; a tricolor, which consists of red, white and black; ruby red; and Blenheim, which is a combination of red and white.

Life expectancy is said to be 12 to 15 years.

These are very affectionate lapdogs that love to have attention.  Most can adapt to any surroundings around them and prefer to have some sort of human interaction.  It’s best that these dogs aren’t left alone for extended periods of time.

This breed tends to get along with just about anyone that comes their way.  They love to go for walks and get along great with other pets as well.

As for their temperament, they are known to be happy, sweet, gentle, easy going and can make a wonderful companion for any family.

Major health concerns include Mitral Valve Disease, which is known as the number of one killer of Cavalier King Charles.  Up to half of the breed will develop it by five years old and almost all will have it by age 10.  Other conditions include hip dysplasia, loose knee joints, skin conditions and eye diseases.

If left alone for long periods of time, the dog can have separation anxiety, which can lead to excessive barking or growling while away.

Since the dog has the urge to hunt, it won’t be able to be trained while off a leash.

How can I save money?

Consider checking a local rescue group or the Humane Society to see if any older dogs are available for adoption.  The Cavalier Rescue USA, for example, offers adoptions for $100 to $650, depending on the age and health of the dog.

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  1. Blue Day Cavaliers (Ewing,  Pennsylvania) paid $3500 and said:

    Price included all shots, spaying, microchip. Picked up via car, getting the pup in 4 weeks pup will be 7 months old. Was to be a show dog, but had a testicle issue 🙂

    Was it worth it? Yes

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