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This is Ralph – Son of Blaze, father of most of our Miniretrievers and Cavoodles.  He is a Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS) carrying the ‘merle’ gene which he inherited from Blaze’s grandfather who was a Koolie sheep dog.   He  was born in March 2014. The touch of Koolie means his conformation is not extreme – he has a longish nose with room for all his teeth, his head isn’t particularly  domed and his eyes aren’t too prominent –  so he’s not likely to develop Syringomyelia  (a horrible problem related to the head conformation of CKCS)

Temperamentally he’s a typical CKCS. Extremely affectionate and friendly, and the touch of Koolie perhaps makes him a little smarter than the average CKCS. In Stanley Coren’s list Cavs come out in the middle of the pack for trainability.

The Cavaliers Kate's Family Pets