Before you get a Cavalier King Charles into your home, you should think about all possible scenarios. Having a dog by your side is great, but there are also unpleasant situations to watch out for. In this article, I’ll go over whether a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smells or stinks – and if so, when and why.
Does a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smell? A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel naturally has an inherent odor and smells accordingly. However, you cannot say that a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smells strongly or even stinks. Cheap dog food mixed with low-quality ingredients can be the reason why your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smells. But diseases can also increase your dog’s own odor.
Why does your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smell
Dogs, like us humans, have an inherent odor. However, this does not mean that they are smelly or have a strong odor.
A Cavalier King Charles normally smells less than other dogs. This is partly because they have no and very little undercoat. Which is also the reason why a Cavalier King Charles does not shed as much as other breeds.
On the other hand, the Cavalier is simply a relatively small dog and therefore already smells less than larger ones.
However, various influencing factors can be the reason why your Cavalier King Charles smells stronger than normal or even stinks.
Cheap dog food
Cheap dog food, which is packed with “fillers” that have no place in a good dog food can be the reason why your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smells or stinks.
The basic rule “You are what you eat” also applies to dogs.
ATTENTION! Cheap dog food does not refer exclusively to the price! Even high-priced dog food often contains ingredients that do not belong in a dog food.
For example, it makes a difference whether the packaging says “30% fresh meat” or “30% animal products”, “animal protein”. If it says fresh meat it has to be meat, if it says the other two it can be offal, claws, hooves or whatever.
We got a relatively expensive and very well known dry food from our breeder when we picked up our Cane Corso. However, she smelled very strongly from her mouth and otherwise. After changing the food, our dogs have hardly any inherent odor to this day. And they are big dogs, weighing 45 kg each.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gets wet
Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will smell stronger when he gets wet. So if you walk through the rain, you will notice a slightly stronger smell when you get home.
But also if your Cavalier likes to swim and is therefore often wet he will have a slightly stronger inherent smell.
However, if you have a good dog food, as mentioned above, this will also be limited.
Cavalier King Charles rolls in dead animals
The Cavalier King Charles also remains a dog that may roll in it when it sees a dead rabbit in the field or smells fox droppings.
Yes, this does not only sound disgusting, it is. Even if the Cavalier does not have the reputation to jump into every mud hole or to roll in carrion it can happen.
Our Broholmer for example hates to be outside when it rains. Then she just wants to pee and go straight back into the house. Nevertheless, she has already rolled in stinking fox poop 2 times so that it was necessary to bathe her.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has bad breath
It is possible that your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has bad breath and therefore smells strongly. Again, this has to do with the food.
The dog is descended from the wolf and originally ate the whole prey animal including bones. The biting and gnawing of the bones is the dog’s dental care and ensures that he has no plaque.
If your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel now gets only dry food (even if it is a good dog food) this care process is missing.
This causes tartar and plaque to form which can lead to gum disease. This leads to the formation of bacteria that cause bad breath.
So make sure your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gets regular bones to chew on, or offer him bite-sized alternatives so he doesn’t get bad breath in the first place.
Problems with the anal gland
Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has, like every other dog, 2 anal glands at the rectum. Normally, the secretion is excreted when the dog defecates.
Now it can happen that this does not work as it should and this secretion accumulates in the anal glands until it eventually runs out. This stinks unbelievable. Unfortunately we have this problem with our Cane Corso from the beginning.
After consultation with our vet, who told us that unfortunately this can happen. With us it has no medical reason and there is no need to worry.
If this is also the case with your Cavalier King Charles, it is sufficient to have the anal glands expressed regularly at the vet – or you do it yourself.
The ears of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel stink
The long floppy ears are also often a reason why your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smells. So regular care of the ears is absolutely necessary.
Dogs, like the Cavalier, with long ears and lots of hair on their ears tend to produce more earwax. Also, due to the anatomy, they ears are poorly ventilated and this can lead to ear problems.
So you should check and clean your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s ears regularly. This way you avoid that skin particles build up and create a breeding ground for bacteria which are the reason for smelly ears and a possible ear infection.
Can a Cavalier King Charles be bathed?
Basically, you should bathe a dog as little as possible when using a dog shampoo. The coat has a natural protection for wetness and dirt that is attacked by excessive use of shampoo.
Under no circumstances should you use your shampoo. So if shampoo, then natural dog shampoo.
Now, as already described, it can happen that your Cavalier rolls in a dead animal and stinks unbelievably. Of course you may and should bathe your dog then.
Not only that it stinks. On the fur and skin can also be bacteria, which on the one hand are harmful to your dog and on the other hand he drags into the house.
Frequently asked questions:
How much exercise does a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel need?
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needs an average amount of exercise. Even though the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a relatively small dog and is considered a lap dog, he loves walks in nature. 2 to 3 walks of about 30 minutes should be included daily.
Can a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be left alone?
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves to be near his owners all the time. The Cavalier does not like to be left alone. But with the right training from the beginning, you can definitely leave him alone between 2 and 4 hours sometimes.
Is a Cavalier King Charles cuddly?
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is cuddly and loves to be petted. Of course, it can happen here and there that a Cavalier is a bit more distant. But this usually has special reasons.
Does a dog need a garden?
A dog does not need a garden. Extended walks in nature are important to keep a dog exercised. A garden is a great bonus. Especially if you want to housebreak a puppy or you just can’t manage to walk your dog in between times, a garden is great relief.
Conclusion: Does a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smell?
A healthy Cavalier King Charles, which gets a reasonable dog food, usually does not smell particularly strong. Of course, every dog has a certain odor of its own, which, however, cannot be called unpleasant. Of course, bad food or diseases can make a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel smell stronger or even stink. Also, one cannot exclude the possibility that a Cavalier rolls in a dead animal and therefore stinks.
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