All animal lovers know that dogs rule, and for lovers of a particular breed, there is no rover more regal than the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These cuddly canines are so popular that they are honored on the last Saturday in May every year – International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day! The event was celebrated with meetups in Melbourne, Australia and has spread worldwide, including a special walking tour in Glasgow.
In celebration of the pet vacation, we’ve rounded up a few fun facts about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:
Although King Charles I first brought to fame a predecessor of the dogs, the monarchical nickname of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was inspired by the 17th century sovereign King Charles II of England who was infatuated with the breed!
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s coat comes in many officially recognized colors. The most common of these is chestnut and white fur known as Blenheim, a name derived from the Blenheim Palace. Black and light brown members of the breed often have beige fur on the eyebrows that draws attention to their eyes; Dogs that are maroon from head to toe are known as Ruby Cavaliers, and Tricolor are black and white with light brown highlights.
While a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has never won the Westminster dog show, Alansmere Aquarius represented his breed in 1973 at the Crufts International Dog Show in Great Britain and won the top title.
The “thumbprint” mark crowning the head of the Blenheim Spaniel is believed to have come from the hand of the Duchess of Marlborough when she worriedly patted the head of a pregnant spaniel while her husband was fighting at the Battle of Blenheim.
The beauty of the breed has been captured on canvas by many famous artists over the years, including Pierre August Renoir, Thomas Gainsborough, and Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Do you know how to distinguish between a King Charles Spaniel and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? A flat face indicates a King Charles Spaniel while a snout indicates a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Famous fans of Cavalier King Chales Spaniels
From Kings and Queens to Hollywood royalty, many celebrities have suddenly welcomed a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel into their heart and home. Here are just a few:
Princess Margaret – While Queen Elizabeth II has become synonymous with corgis in the eyes of Fido-loving Anglophiles, the ruler’s sister was also a devotee of dogs. Over the years, the princess has been a pet parent to several dorgies (a cross between a corgi and a dachshund) and at least one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, whom she named Rowley.
Queen Victoria A loyal friend of Queen Victoria’s youth and early years of reign, Dash was the first in a long line of pawed friends of the late monarch. Dash was buried in Great Windsor Park with an epitaph that reads:
Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s favorite spaniel
In his 10th year of life.
His attachment was without selfishness
His playfulness without malice
His loyalty without deception.
If you were loved and died in regret
Benefit from the example of
Ronald Reagan – Rex, aptly named the Latin word for “king,” ruled the White House during his years and even got his own dog house inspired by the White House when his parents’ days at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue came to an end.
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Amanda Bynes – mosquito
Courteney Cox – Harley and Hooper
Teri Hatcher – Pip and puffs
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Charlie
Julianne Hough – Lexi and Harley
Bindi Irwin – piggy
Olivia Munn – Chance to find a puppy mill rescue adopted by Social Tees NYC!
Brad Paisley – Roar
Naya Rivera – Emmy and Lucy
Mickey Rooney – Sir Digby
Diane Sawyer – Brinklow La Bamba Lila
Jaclyn Smith – Emma Jane
Liv Tyler – Neal
Famous Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Elizabeth Taylor – Charlotte’s pup in Sex and The City was named the screen legend with La Liz’s approval!
Bliss and Finn – The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in the Hallmark Channel films “Unleashing Mr. Darcy” and “Marrying Mr. Darcy” are called “Bliss and Finn”, after the dogs of the author Teri Wilson! (Bliss and Finn are also the names of the show dogs in the novels on which the television films are based.)
Survivors of the puppy mill toast was the city’s toast to advocate for paw causes. The Senior Cavalier King Charles Spaniel stepped out of the darkness of their past and used their star wattage to shed some light on the plight of the dogs still hidden in the shadows of the puppy mill trade.
Over the years, the tail-wagging internet icon has attended galas, posed for modeling campaigns (including a photo shoot for Karen Walker glasses), and published a book (Toast Hampton: How to Summer in Style) that cheered people up as she raised funds for Animals in need.
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named market portrayed Line, the confidante of Queen Victoria during her youth and in the first years of her reign in both the small picture series Victoria and in The Young Victoria on screen.
Adoption of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Prospective pet parents, whose hearts it is to welcome a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel into their family, can choose the pet adoption option by attending a rescue organization.
In addition to all breed rescues, there are many nonprofit organizations that are committed to housing Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that have been given away by their guardians or breeders, rescued from a puppy mill, or even pulled from an animal shelter.
For more information, visit cavalierrescueusa.org, a network of dedicated volunteers across the country.
Other sources of information about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Rescue in your area include: