Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Miniature Poodle

Compare the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to the Miniature Poodle. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Miniature Poodles.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Poodle are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Poodle are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is very easy to groom. The Miniature Poodle has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Miniature Poodle is an average barker.
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Miniature Poodle
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed
Red Miniature Poodle
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielMiniature Poodle
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan9-15 yrs.14-15 yrs.
Height12-13 in.10-15 in.
Weight10-18 lb12-18 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryNot SpecifiedUK (England)
Origin Year1500 AD1700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F35°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed14 mph18 mph
StrengthLowLow-Medium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingMediumNone
DanderMediumNone
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielMiniature Poodle
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionVery LowVery Low
Remove VerminVery LowVery Low
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielMiniature Poodle
Lifespan
Lifespan9-15 yrs.14-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseNoYes
BloatNoYes
Dry EyeYesNo
EpilepsyNoYes
Episodic FallingYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
SyringomyeliaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielMiniature Poodle
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
WavyYesYes
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
BlenheimYesNo
RubyYesNo
ApricotNoYes
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrownNoYes
CreamNoYes
GrayNoYes
Light BrownNoYes
RedNoYes
SilverNoYes
WhiteNoYes