Cavalier King Charles

A modern recreation of the old type of King Charles Spaniel (below), the Cavalier can be distinguished by its longer nose and heavier build. Both breeds have identical coloration. The chestnut and white of each breed is described as the Blenheim, after the estate of the Duke of Marlborough, where spaniels of this colour were first developed.

History of Cavalier King Charles

Toy spaniels were a common sight around the palaces of Europe during the 17th century and were often portrayed in paintings of the period. Cavaliers were first registered by the British Kennel Club as a separate breed in 1945.

Remark

The prefix “Cavalier” was chosen to distinguish it from the King Charles Spaniel.

Identification keys of Cavalier King Charles

  • long, well-feathered ears
  • relatively flat, undomed skull
  • long, silky coat with no curls

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