King Charles Spaniel Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The King Charles Spaniel as we know him today resembles the spaniels of the Court of King Charles II, though at that period the similarity was greater to the Cavalier.In some countries he is known as the English Toy Spaniel. King Charles II decreed that they should be allowed in all public places, including Parliament; there is no record of this being revoked so perhaps someone might like to test it!
Until early in the 20th century the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the King Charles Spaniel were a single breed, though divergent in type; the King Charles had had oriental toys introduced to create the typically eastern expression with the slightly undershot jaw. The colouring known as Blenheim, red and white, is thought to have been developed by the first Duke of Marlborough when he introduced red and white spaniels to the UK. The family seat of the Dukes of Marlborough is Blenheim Palace.It was early in the 20th century that the two breeds began separating, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to return to the original type whilst the King Charles Spaniell was bred to enhance his Toy characteristics.
Until the 18th century the King Charles Spaniel was still being used as a small gundog, principally for small feathered game but as they were crossed with non-sporting dogs they lost both size and gundog instincts and found their role as full-time lapdogs. William of Orange is thought to have introduced Pugs into England and crossing them with the King Charles would have reduced size, contributed towards the current head shape and given them a cobbiness unknown in gundogs.
The King Charles Spaniel is significantly smaller than his Cavalier cousin at a maximum of 12″ and 6.3kg but is otherwise similar in coat pattern and colouring of Black and Tan, Tricolour, Blenheim and Ruby. However, his personality has more of the Toy about it, being rather more reserved and less boisterous than the Cavalier.
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Rescue and Rehoming
Mr D Wickens Wales firstname.lastname@example.org 01269 825716
Mr & Mrs Smith Derbyshire 01332 663579
Mrs Coupland North Of England And Scotland 01387 251889
Mrs T Jackson Avon 01934 824828
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.