Grooming the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

What kind of grooming do Cavaliers require?

“The Cavalier does require regular grooming. A great deal of time and effort is not necessary if the dog is brushed and combed thoroughly at least once a week. Knots and tangles are kept to a minimum if the Cavalier is free of parasites and combed regularly. Ears need particular attention and should be checked and given a quick combing every few days, daily in shedding season.

Cavaliers do shed, particularly in spring and fall, but a little all the time. Their nails should be clipped and the hair between their pads trimmed once a month. No other trimming is necessary (or allowed) in the show ring.

Cavaliers are naturally clean dogs. Because too much bathing dries out the skin and hair coat, they should not be bathed more than once a week. All knots and tangles should be brushed out before a Cavalier is bathed. Many owners find that bathing their pets every two months is quite adequate.” (Text from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel  Club USA,

Essential grooming items

You will need are good quality Comb, Slicker Brush, Pin brush, grooming spray, toothbrush and toothpaste appropriate for dogs, and nail clippers. A grooming table would also be wonderful if it’s in the budget! You can find these in pet stores, but usually the better quality grooming items are found online in stores that specialize ( see links below). I suggest the Chris Christianson Oval Pin Brush with 27 mm pins, the Chris Christianson Medium texture boar brush to finish the top coat, and the “mini” Warner Slicker for the ears and hocks, as well as a 6″ comb.

Here is a photo of some of the essential grooming items mentioned above. A full list of grooming items with explanation will be given to all new Grandville puppy owners. These are links where you can order quality grooming products online.,, ,

grooming items

Excellent article on grooming a Cavalier:

Step by Step Grooming a Cavalier


These beautiful bowls are shaped in a way that will help keep your Cavaliers ears clean and dry.

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