Why It's a Winner
A good size for a toddler and small enough for a child to walk with supervision, gentle Cavalier spaniels are a terrific fit for most families.
Cavaliers don't require a lot of grooming, but they thrive on attention. This breed could be the perfect choice for an only child looking for a constant companion.
Word of Caution
Cavaliers are very high energy dogs, which makes them good for rural or suburban life-but not life in the city. They're such great family dogs that their popularity could lead to inferior breeding. Choose a confident, happy puppy from an outgoing mother.