About Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
The American Kennel Club (AKC) classifies the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as a toy breed. Cavaliers are among the most popular in the United Kingdom and rapidly growing in popularity in the United States – AKC registrations now place Cavaliers in the top 20 most popular U.S. breeds.
Learn a little about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in this short video:
Cavalier Quick Facts:
Standard Weight: 13 to 18 pounds
Standard Height: 12 to 13 inches tall at shoulder
Toy Group: American Kennel Club recognized in 1995
Typical Life Span: 9 to 14 years
Four Colors: Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black, white, and tan), Ruby (solid red) and Black and Tan
Temperament: Active, graceful, well-balanced toy spaniel, very gay and free in action; fearless and sporting in character, yet at the same time gentle and affectionate
Color – There are four colors of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Blenheim – The Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has beautiful chestnut markings on a pearly white background. The ears must be chestnut and the color evenly spaced on the head and surrounding both eyes, with a white blaze between the eyes and ears, in the center of which may be the lozenge or “Blenheim spot.” The lozenge is a unique and desirable, though not essential, characteristic of the Blenheim.
Tricolor – The Tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has jet black markings on a clear, pearly white background. The ears must be black and the color evenly spaced on the head and surrounding both eyes, with a white blaze between the eyes. Rich tan markings over the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears and on underside of tail.
Ruby – The Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a solid rich coat with no white markings at all.
Black and Tan – The Black and Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has jet black markings with rich, bright tan markings over the eyes, on the cheeks, inside the ears, chest, legs, and on the underside of tail.
Faults – Heavy ticking on Blenheims or Tricolors, white marks on Rubies or Black and Tans.