Herky and Milton are Cavalier King Charles Spaniel siblings living in Canada.
We first encountered this adorable Cavalier duo on YouTube, where educational content and fun videos have resulted in over 37,000 people subscribing to their channel.
You’ll find a host of great Cavalier videos that can tackle a range of topics to help lovers of this breed prepare for their first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Herky and Milton are closing in on 60,000 followers on Instagram where there’s no shortage of photos of these cute Cavalier canines.
They’ve even launched their own brand called Cavology, sporting some exclusive and curated dog accessories designed for dog lovers like you and I.
We spoke to Herky and Milton’s mom Mai to learn more her two Cavaliers and the breed’s pros and cons.
1) How did you first hear about Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
I first fell in love with the breed with Lady from Lady and the Tramp! Now I know that technically she is a Cocker Spaniel, but to me, she looks more like a Cavalier! It’s from her that the obsession began. Elizabeth Taylor from Sex and the City just confirmed it!
2) How did you end up with Herky and Milton?
I got Herky in 2014. She was a present from my husband (then fiancé). We were living and working in separate cities and he convinced me to move by bribing me with a puppy! Let’s just say it worked like a charm!Milton was a wedding present from me to me. We got her in 2016 and it was just the best! They are both from the same breeder and have the same dad!
3) What are their personalities like?
They are so different, even if they are related! Herky is more independent and loves to explore. She is happiest when she is outdoors discovering a new park or trail. Milton is the ultimate cuddler and only loves mom and dad. She will follow me (mom) everywhere like a shadow, it’s the most adorable thing.
4) In your experience, do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels bark a lot?
Generally, no they do not bark a lot. When strangers walk in, they are welcomed with tail wags and licks. There are the rare occasions where they will bark. It will usually be when they are startled or afraid of something. But in general, Cavaliers do not bark much.
5) As a CKCS owner, would you say Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can be left alone?
Cavaliers are more dependent dogs and they require a lot of attention. They thrive when they are with their humans most of the time. People that work from home and retirees are ideal. However, they are adaptable and can be great companions for people with jobs.
6) How much exercise do Herky and Milton require every day?
A good rule is about one hour walk per day. They are highly adaptable so if you want to exercise more, they will follow you no problem. They also have no issue being couch potatoes on rainy days.
7) Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed a lot?
YES! I would say this is the “worst trait” of Cavaliers. They shed so much that regular (daily) vacuuming and brushing is absolutely needed. I would not recommend this breed for people with allergies!
8) What advice would you give to someone thinking about getting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Be ready to get showered with love! This breed is so incredibly sweet and loving. They will love you more than anything in the world. As for actual tips, please refer back to our YouTube channel! We have so many videos about how to prepare for a puppy, what toys and treats we love etc.
9) Would you recommend a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to a first-time dog owner?
Absolutely! Herky was my first dog and it was very easy! Compared to other cavaliers she was a bit more rambunctious than the average and still then I thought it was easy.
10) Do Herky and Milton get a lot of attention out and about?
Yes – and we love it. Herky and Milton get so much attention in public because they are “twins” so people always ask questions. We also get “what breed is this?” a lot when we are in Montreal. When traveling, we sometimes get recognized too which is super flattering.
11) What’s the best thing about having an Instagram account for your dogs?
I love sharing my love of Cavaliers with everyone. The Instagram community of Cavalier owners / lovers is so incredibly supportive and kind. Whenever someone is going through a rough patch, you wouldn’t believe the love they receive. I also love the fact that people find a sort of escape watching our videos or following our girls. We get messages on the daily thanking us for uploading content, people telling us we made their day better or helping them through the loss of their own cavalier. This is why we do what we do!
12) As someone who owns two dogs, what tips do you have to take photos?
Consistency is key! The more you do it, the more they will get used to it. Dogs are creatures of habit! They will learn with repetition. Herky and Milton have been taking photos for years now so they associate my camera with treats. When I take out my camera, they immediately run to the couch or bed and they wait, it’s amazing! Don’t feel discouraged if it takes time with your dog because that’s totally normal. Practice makes perfect!
13) Do you have a favourite Instagram post?
I mean my favorite post can change almost every month… But I do have a soft spot for puppy photos. But then again I also currently love fall photos, so the one above is extra special. It’s now even my lock screen on my phone!
14) How much time do you dedicate to your Instagram page?
I would say about one hour per day? I used to post every day but now maybe 4-5 times a week. I do love to login everyday to answer everyone’s comments and DMs. What I love most about having an Instagram for the girls is feeling so connected with our followers.
15) What other dog Instagram accounts would you recommend?
Oh my… where to even begin! Instagram is FILLED with inspiring accounts. But one of my all time favorites for creativity and consistency is @lizzie.bear
I’m currently OBSESSED with @7kingcavaliers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pros and cons
• They are gorgeous – I might be biased of course but cavaliers have the sweetest little faces and eyes that will make a grown man melt and gush. They are royalty dogs that have a proud stature and beautiful hair to complete the regal appearance.
• Highly adaptable – I love the fact that one day we can go on a 2-hour hike and stay home all day the next day watching movies. They will follow you and your lifestyle!
• They love you so much – I sometimes say it’s heartbreaking how much our girls love us. We are their entire world and that’s why we thrive to give them the best life possible. I noticed that all cavaliers love their humans oh so much! Some cavaliers (I wish mine did this) actually hug and ask for kisses!!
• THE SHEDDING – Honestly you would not believe how much they shed for such little dogs. We use the iRobot Roomba every single day and still there is hair everywhere! I used to wear black all the time but not anymore!
• The health problems – Cavaliers unfortunately are prone to a lot of genetically inherited diseases that are often fatal. To lower the chances of getting a cavalier with these diseases, make sure you research reputable breeders and ask for health certificates and clearances from specialists.
• I really can’t even think of another con…