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Introduction to the Cavalier King Charles

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a delightfully affectionate, intelligent little dog that repays his owner's care and attention with loving devotion. As a breed, their temperament is gentle, they are happy, outgoing dogs who want to love you and be loved, to run and play in a safe and secure home.

The Cavalier King Spaniel is a direct decendant of the many spaniels seen in many of the toy spaniel paintings of the 16, 17 & 18th century most predominantly associated with King Charles II or otherwise known as the spaniel gentile a popular breed of the time.

However, due to breeding for fashion with smaller nosed breeds, such as the pug during the late victorian age, the Cavaliers dropped in numbers . It wasn't until the early 19th century when a few enthusiasts such as the American gentleman Mr Roswell Eldridge, attempted to bring back the longer nosed spaniels. He endeavoured to renew interest in the breed, by offering a prize for the Crufts Show in 1926 for the Best Dog and the Best Bitch in a class for Blenheim Spaniels of the Old Type, as shown in the pictures of Charles II time.

Since the 19th century this little breed has grown in popularity continually until today and is one of the most popular toy breeds in the United Kingdom.


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