6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is as royal as his name sounds, a favorite to European nobility during the 1500’s. He’s a comfort to his owners and has an eagerness to please that makes him fairly easy to train. Learn more about the Cavalier, #15 on our list of most popular dog breeds, with these 6 facts!

1. They’re TV stars.
The Cavalier was the dog of Charlotte York on the hit TV series Sex and the City. Two of the dogs also made an appearance in the final season of “The Tudors.”

2. They’re royalty.
The Cavalier is a royal favorite. The dog was known for warming the laps of English nobility during the 16th Century, and was also the dog of King Charles II of England, after which he was named.

3. They were only recently a recognized breed.
While the breed has a centuries-old history, the Cavalier only recently gained AKC recognition in 1995.

4. They’re part of the toy group.

Rather than being part of the sporting group with other spaniels, the Cavalier shares his place in toy group with other small-sized lap dogs. His current status as a cuddler replaces his brief history as a hunting dog.

5. They saved their owners from disease.
During the height of the Plague in England, Cavalier owners often brought their dogs into their beds to attract disease-spreading fleas to the dogs and away from themselves. Thus, the humans would be spared from being bitten by fleas.

6. They come in four different colors.

Cavaliers come in four different colors, each with an interesting name! The colors are Blenheim (chestnut and white), tricolor (white with black and tan markings), black and tan (black with tan markings) and ruby (solid reddish-brown).

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