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KING CHARLES CAVALIER SPANIEL
One of the oldest breeds of Pedigree dogs,

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel classed as a toy dog by The Kennel Club. It is one of the most popular breeds in the United Kingdom. Since 2000, it has grown in popularity in the United States. It is a smaller breed of spaniel, and Cavalier adults are often the same size as adolescent dogs of other spaniel breeds. It has a silky, smooth coat and commonly a smooth undocked tail. The breed standard recognizes four colours: Tricolour (black/white/tan), Black and Tan, Blenheim, and Ruby. The breed is generally friendly, affectionate and good with both children and other animals; however, they require a lot of human interaction.
The King Charles changed drastically in the late 17th century, when it was interbred with flat-nosed breeds. Until the 1920s, the Cavalier shared the same history as the smaller King Charles Spaniel. Breeders attempted to recreate what they considered to be the original configuration of the breed, a dog resembling Charles II’s King Charles Spaniel of the Restoration.
Various health issues affect this particular breed, most notably mitral valve disease, which leads to heart failure. This appears in most Cavaliers at some point in their lives and is the most common cause of death. The breed may also suffer from syringomyelia, in which cavities are formed in the spinal cord, possibly associated with malformation of the skull that reduces the space available for the brain. Cavaliers are also affected by ear problems, a common health problem among spaniels of various types, and they can suffer from such other general maladies as hip dysplasia, which are common across many types of dog breeds.
During the early part of the 18th century, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, kept red and white King Charles type spaniels for hunting. The duke recorded that they were able to keep up with a trotting horse. His estate was named Blenheim in honour of his victory at the Battle of Blenheim. Because of this influence, the red and white variety of the King Charles Spaniel and thus the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel became known as the Blenheim.
Attempts were made to recreate the original King Charles Spaniel as early as the turn of the 20th century, using the now extinct Toy Trawler Spaniels. These attempts were documented by Judith Blunt-Lytton, 16th Baroness Wentworth, in the book “Toy Dogs and Their Ancestors Including the History And Management of Toy Spaniels, Pekingese, Japanese and Pomeranians” published under the name of the “Hon. Mrs Neville Lytton” in 1911.

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Comments

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    how cute this is Ann!!!!

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will not pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 3 years ago

    Charlie has every right to look proud! A terrific capture!!!!, Bill

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will not pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

  • Kratos
    Kratosover 3 years ago

    She looks so good amongst the flowers…she belongs there! Lovely capture, Ann.

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will NOT pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardover 3 years ago

    Great pet portrait! Well done, Ann.

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will NOT pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    What a wonderful portrait, Ann! Beautiful flowers and beautiful pup!

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will NOT pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    looks like a King

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will NOT pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 3 years ago

    Ann, Gorgeous photo!!
    Hugs, Greg

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will NOT pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Wonderful dog and photo Ann!

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will NOT pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 3 years ago

    Lovely cute capture Ann

  • Thank you so much, I know I am biased but Charlie is a wonderful little girl, she will sit for me even without treats, she settles for cuddles LOL, they are the best breed for loving you, Poppy is also very loving but will NOT pose even for treats, I don’t mind as Poppy wasn’t a puppy when I rescued her, Charlie has been posing from 10 weeks old LOL
    Thank you again, hugs Ann Charlie & Poppy

    – AnnDixon

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