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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Wendell & Cindi Rackler
Oklahoma, USA
580-704-2445

Est. 2005

Black & Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy

Grooming a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need to be brushed a minimum of two times per week and should be bathed about every 2-3 weeks. Always read the directions on the bottle of the shampoo and/or conditioner being used as many call for a ratio of 1 part shampoo or conditioner to 15 parts of water (ounces is what I go by). Using the shampoo/conditioner at full strength can dry out the skin and cause damage to the hair so always follow the directions printed on the bottle. Products I prefer to use are listed below.

If showing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the show ring the only trimming that is allowed is the trimming of the hair growing between the pads of the underside of the foot. The standard states that a trimmed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is to be so severly penalized as to virtually eliminate it from competition. NO trimming of whiskers or around the feet...NO thinning out the neck or cleaning out the throat area...NO sculpturing of shoulders or hindquarters. Cavaliers should be cleaned and brushed and exhibited naturally. Back coats may be coaxed flat with toweling and/or a drying coat. A few stray hairs of lovely coat here and there is part of the natural look and soft appearance of the breed.


Shampoo & Conditioner

Vellus Clarifying Shampoo

Vellus Clarifying Shampoo is used once a month to remove excell build up of conditioners.

Website: https://vellus.com/shop-now-online/

Vellus Show Shampoo

Vellus Show Shampoo is used bi-monthly on all our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels...our Cavaliers that are currently showing and being kept in show coat are bathed weekly.

Website: https://vellus.com/shop-now-online/

Vellus Conditioner

Vellus Conditioner is used bi-monthly on all our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels...our Cavaliers that are currently showing and being kept in show coat are bathed weekly.

Website: https://vellus.com/shop-now-online/

Vellus Measuring Bottle

Vellus Measuring Bottle

I have 3...one for each product listed above!

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Vellus Satin Cream

Vellus Satin Cream promotes health and growth to damaged hair.

Website: https://vellus.com/shop-now-online/

Summerwinds Take A Hike

Summerwinds Take A Hike Flea & Tick Shampoo: Take-A-Hike contains a unique blend of ALL NATURAL with Preventive Natural Oils and Nuisance Eliminators of Eucalyptus oil, Cedarwood oil, Pennyroyal oil, Borax, to name a few. For the use as an aid in keeping pets free from skin & coat pests. NON TOXIC INGREDIENTS.

Toxic Ingredients and Poisons can be absorbed through the skin and enter into the blood stream and be pumped through the vital organs which can shortening the longevity of the animal. Examples of toxic ingredients can be found in topical flea and tick control items like Frontline, K9-Advantix, ect. I do find the need to use Frontline for a couple of months during the beginning of Spring, but after about 2 months of applications I can usually switch to Summerwinds Take A Hike Flea & Tick Shampoo to control and hoard off those little pests.

Website: http://summerwinds.com/CoatCare.html

PurePet D-Grease Shampoo

Many Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more build up of grease and oils on the inside of their ear leathers, under their tail area, or just good ol' dirty feet from a good romp in the mud. Pure Pet D'Grease Shampoo does wonders for these tougher jobs.

A "Google" search on the internet will show you many locations in which to purchase this product.


Bathing Tub

Bathing Tub

I have a utility tub from Home Depot which sits inside my bathtub. It was too hard on my back to use the bathtub. Any sprayer will work attached to your faucet and a simple style hair catcher can be found at Wal-Mart to protect your drain from hair.

When I have the conditioner on my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel this is when I clean out my applicator bottles and then brush and scrape teeth. The next section will cover dental care.


Dental Care

I use the Electric toothbrushes that come in 3-packs or more. I do not use the Electric toothbrush...just the small toothbrush refills as the smaller brushes make it easier for me to get around their mouth better. I start brushing teeth with the very first bath and I always do the teeth with every bath. If I need to do teeth more often I will put them in the tub without giving a bath to do teeth if needed. The tub keeps them still and in place and makes it easy for me to do dental care by myself without any assistance to hold my dog down.

WARNING: Make sure you always use "Doggy Toothpaste" because human toothpaste is toxic to dogs.

Dental Scraper

Double Ended Dental Scraper: When using the dental scraper you always want to begin at the gum line and move down the tooth breaking the tarter free from the tooth. When you first begin to use a scraper just work with the upper canines and front teeth. As you begin to master the front teeth you can begin to add the back teeth. It can be tricky to hold the mouth open and at the same time scrape the back teeth, but putting more of your hand inside the mouth to keep it open seems to help. The more you practice and do this over time it just gets easier and you will be amazed at how it saves on overall dental care at the vet clinic. I can usually go two years in between vet clinic cleanings now.

Website: https://www.petedge.com

WARNING: Dental care is extemely important to your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's overall health. Plaque build-up on the teeth over time can lead to heart issues and since our breed is already noted for heart issues it is paramount that you take care of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's teeth on a daily or weekly schedule.


Brushes & Combs

Buttercomb
Buttercomb
Wooden Pin Brush
Wooden Pin Brush by Chris Christensen
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush

I use the top 3 items the most when grooming my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I use a greyhound comb when my dogs are wet and just bathed to get the hair straight before blow drying. If I am just combing my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel out and did not give a bath then I spray them with mixture of 1 part conditioner and 16 parts water in a spray bottle to wet the hair before I comb through it. If you try to comb or brush a dry coat it can break.

I use the small wooden pin brush by Chris Christensen throughout the drying process and for upkeep grooming during the week. The wooden bristles do not pull the hair out and saves your dog's coat.

I use a slicker brush to help straighten the coat in needed areas like the ears and on the fringes while drying.

Website: http://www.chrissystems.com/grooming-tools/pet-grooming-show-dog-and-cat-brushes.aspx

Website: http://www.chrissystems.com/grooming-tools/pet-grooming-show-dog-and-cat-combs.aspx

NOTE: I like the #003 Fine/X-Course Skip Tooth buttercomb the best because the X-Course Skip Tooth side works really well if I find a mat I need to work out of the coat.


Clipping Toe Nails

Toe Nail
Toe Nail
Clippers
Clippers
Grinder
Grinder

Viewing the toe nail photo above try to allow at least 2 milimeters of white area left on the nail before the pink area where the vein is located. Black nails are often more difficult to see the quick, but by using the pad and straight area beneath the toe nail you can guage where the extra length of nail is at that needs to be trimmed.

I prefer the scissor type toe nail clippers over the guillotine type.

After we use our scissor type clippers on the toe nails we then use our grinder to smooth off the rough edges and to grind back the quick slightly.


Curved Shears

Curved Shears

This is a "MUST HAVE" tool. I use the curved shear on each of my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels feet every week. As the hair grows between the pads underneath the foot your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will have less traction and this in turn can wear down their joints and lead to popped patellas and/or hip dysplasia. Along with regular toe nail care this is also extremely important to keep the hair between their pads cleaned out. The hair between the pads can grow very fast and even a missed week can begin to limit their footing.

I also use these shears on the hair just under the inner corner of the eye if it grows too long it can actually get in your pets eyes when they blink causing excess tearing. A quick snip of the hair in this location can keep the eyes clean and less likely to tear causing unwanted stains.

Website: https://www.petedge.com

Note: I prefer the straight tip over the ball-type tip


Grooming Table & Blow Dryer

Grooming Table

Grooming Table with Arm and Noose: Many pet owners may not want to get a grooming table since placing a towel over any table will work as long as your pet will stay while you are grooming them. If you struggle to keep your pet still while you are grooming them then I would recommend getting a table with arm and noose as it will make grooming much easier. It also saves your back.

Website: https://www.petedge.com

Blow Dryer for Pets

Forced Air Blow Dryer: Many pet owners might think using their own hair dryer will work just fine for their pet, but if your pet scratches a lot and/or suffers from dry skin then a human blow dryer is just going to make their condition worse. I love this bottom of the line dryer over the higher priced dryers for pets.

Website: https://www.petedge.com


Miscelaneous

Angel Eyes

Many Cavalier King Charles Spaniels suffer from tear stains under their eyes. Read the above notes under the thinning shears on thinning the hair out under the eyes first before trying this product. If the hair is actually growing long enough to touch your Cavaliers eyes every time they blink then the tearing can not be cured with this product. The main thing this product does do is to take away the red stain that comes from tearing. The thinning of the hair can eliminate the tearing completely so always try that first before adding supplements to your Cavaliers food. This product is a powder and it can be sprinkled on your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's food each day and rid your Cavalier of those unsightly stains. Read the directions because over time the amount needed is reduced to 3-4 times per week or as needed once the problem is under control. Puppies often experience more tearing until they acquire their adult teeth so I would avoid giving the Angel Eye product to puppies under 12 months of age.

A "Google" search on the internet will show you many locations in which to purchase this product.

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