Although he’s born to be a companion, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog breed retains the sporty nature of his spaniel ancestors.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is itself a fairly new breed, although its predecessor, the toy spaniel, was incredibly popular from the 16th to the 18th centuries. These small lap dogs were brought from France to Scotland in the 1500s by the Queen of Scots. There, they warmed the laps of royalty and cuddled in the beds of queens. These dogs were occasionally featured next to their royal owners in paintings by some of the greatest artists of the time, including Titian, Van Dyck, and Lely.
The dogs get their name from King Charles II, who was very fond of the breed. It was said that the king would not go anywhere without at least three spaniels at his heels. The love was so strong that some even accused the king of neglecting his kingdom in favor of taking care of the dogs. He was known as the Cavalier King, which is where the breed gets the other part of its name.
Cavies come in four different colors, and they all have unique names. The monikers are: Prince Charles (tri-color), King Charles (black and tan), Ruby (mahogany), and Blenheim (chestnut and white).
4) Not a Spaniel
Spaniels are gun dogs by definition, but Cavalier King Charles spaniels have never truly been used for hunting in their modern incarnation, and even very rarely back in King Charles II's day. Cavaliers are lap dogs first and foremost, so it makes sense that the AKC categorizes them in the toy group rather than the sporting group with other spaniels.
Cavaliers are known to be active and sporty. They can be good at obedience and agility shows, but equally they make wonderful therapy dogs because of their sweet and loving nature.
6) Living With
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is suitable for the life in the apartments. Short daily walks are more than enough for this breed. It should be kept on the leash while it is outside to prevent chasing of birds and other small animals.
7) Flea Magnets
Called comfort dogs, Cavalier King Charles spaniels were often brought into beds. They were meant to attract fleas and be bitten instead of their owners, thus saving their humans from the plague or other diseases.
8) Lap Dog
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the perfect definition of a lap dog. This is a dog that loves nothing more in life than to climb up onto your lap and spend some serious quality time cuddling with you. The best part is that they don’t play with your jewelry, scratch your face trying to climb over you or try to snack on the electronics you have near you. No, the best part is that they don’t indulge in using the bathroom on your lap when they cuddle, or elbow you in the ribs, face, neck…they’re cuddlier than babies, is what we are trying to say.
9) White House Dog
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan gave his wife a Cavie named Rex for Christmas. His first job as first dog was to turn on the Christmas lights with his paw. Rex lived a decadent lifestyle, complete with a fancy doghouse designed by Theo Hayes, great-great-grandson of President Rutherford Hayes. Inside, there were red drapes and framed pictures of his owners hung on the walls. When Reagan left office, Rex was presented with a new doghouse shaped like the White House and lined with carpet from Camp David.
In 2012, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel broke into the top 20 most registered dog breeds in America, according to the AKC's registration statistics. Last year, it moved up two more spots to 18. That's up from 25 in 2008 and 35 in 2003. There's no reason to think this breed won't continue to get even more popular in the years to come.