Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Schipperke

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Schipperke are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Schipperke are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Schipperke are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Schipperke has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Schipperke
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed
Adult Schipperke
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielSchipperke
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan9-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height12-13 in.10-13 in.
Weight10-18 lb11-18 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryNot SpecifiedBelgium
Origin Year1500 AD1880 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F40°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed14 mph16 mph
StrengthLowHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow-Medium
SheddingMediumLow-Medium
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNoneNone-Low

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 SpanielSchipperke
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingVery LowHigh
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielSchipperke
Lifespan
Lifespan9-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Dry EyeYesNo
Episodic FallingYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
SyringomyeliaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielSchipperke
Coat
FurYesYes
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
WavyYesNo
WoolyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
BlenheimYesNo
RubyYesNo
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrownNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldNoYes
IvoryNoYes
RedNoYes
WheatenNoYes
WhiteNoYes