Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The Cavalier, as he is more succinctly called in Britain, is a renovated form of the English Toy Spaniel (or Kind Charles Spaniel). Fanciers of this latter breed strove to recreate the lost “Blenheim Spaniels of the Old Type,” since they were dissatisfied with the English Toy Spaniel’s appearance, perhaps rightly so. The Cavalier is obviously a more handsome and sturdily built chap. The breed was recognized in England in 1944 and since that time has climbed to the top five breeds in the nation. Four lush color combos grace the breed: black/tan, solid red (called Ruby), red/white (called Blenheim) and tricolor (called Prince Charles). The dogs weigh about 14 pounds and stand 12 inches high. The coat requires attention to keep it silky and resilient; it is long and not curly.

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