The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a highly intelligent, affectionate, loving, and loyal breed. If you already have larger dogs, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not afraid to socialize with larger animals making them a great addition to a family where larger dogs are already present. They are great with people, young and old, and will make a great addition to pretty much any family.
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Top 10 Facts:
- Despite being called “Spaniels,” the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is actually a member of the toy breeds.
- This breed has been owned by slews of royals. They are depicted in many paintings of royal family members by famous painters such as Van Dyck. The breed is named the “Cavalier King” after Charles II who owned many Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and had a particular affinity for the breed. Many of his spaniels followed him everywhere.
- This breed has also been popular in the White House. Ronald Reagan owned a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel when he was in office. His spaniel’s name was Rex.
- The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel comes in a variety of colors, being chestnut and white, black and tan, tricolored, and ruby.
- This dog was rated the sixth most popular breed in 2007 in the UK. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are rising in popularity in the US too, as the AKC’s eighteenth most popular breed in 2013.
- Common nicknames for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are Cavs, Cavaliers, and Cavies.
- Another nickname for the breed is the “Comforter Spaniel,” due to it’s highly affectionate nature. They love to sleep in the same beds as their owners.
- During WWII, the breed almost went extinct. Several breeding groups formed after the war, saving the Cavies from extinction.
- If you’re a Sex in the City fan, you’ll know that this breed has logged some major screen time. On the show, the character Charlotte York owns a Cavie whom she names Elizabeth Taylor.
- The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also known as the “ideal family dog,” due to it’s affinity with people of all ages and pets of all sizes.