Cavelier King Charles Spaniel
This beautiful boy has a royal past. A favourite of the “Merry Monarch”, his ancestors lived a life of luxury. He still thinks this is the life for him and loves to cuddle with his owner and have his luscious fur brushed. He also loves to play and has great fun going out on walks and chasing things. Life always seems wonderful for this happy puppy.
They may be one of the most popular breeds today but there was a time when the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was on the brink of extinction. In 1926, an ad appeared in a catalogue for a world-famous dog show asking the help of British breeders in supplying “Blenheim Spaniels of the Old Type, as shown in pictures of Charles II’s time, long face, no stop, flat skull, not inclined to be domed with spot in centre of skull.” King Charles II was an avid breeder but following his death his favoured breed began to change. In the 1800’s the flat-faced breeds coming from Asia became popular such as the pug and Japanese chin, and the long muzzle of the Cavalier King Charles disappeared.
With the hard work of breeders, they were finally able to bring back the breed, and in 1928 a Cavalier club was formed. WWII was a major setback with many of the dogs dying. Today, all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are descended from these few dogs that survived. In 1945 the breed was recognised by the Kennel Club and the dream to recreate a dog that was once only seen in old paintings could go home with a family at last.
These lovely dogs are very people focussed. They are lap dogs and need constant love and affection. They are very playful and eager to please, making them a wonderful family pet. They are not very good work dogs and would much prefer to live in the comfort of a home with their fur brushed until they shine.
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