One of the cutest and most regal looking breeds of dog is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. If you are looking for the perfect addition to your family, this could be the right breed for you. If you are considering adopting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but want to learn a bit more about this breed first, read on.
He is a Whiner
One thing that you should know about this breed of dog is that he is a real whiner. If you have a child who is in the middle of their terrible two’s, this may not be the best dog for you. The last thing that you need in your life is a whining child and a whining dog. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will whine and whine until he gets his way. While the dog is fun and adorable, they will do whatever it takes to get what they want.
He Has Been the First Dog
During the Reagan Administration, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was “the first dog”. While Ronald Reagan was in his second term of the presidency in 1985, Ronald Reagan gave his wife, Nancy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The dog’s name was Rex, and he was photographed very often. Americans back then loved to photos of the little dog around the White House. He was featured in the news quite often, and the American people ate it up.
He is More Colorful Than You May Think
Most people believe that the Cavalier King Charges Spaniel is only found in two color, white and tan. While these are the most common two colors, you can actually find this breed of dog in a variety of colors. It may take a while to find one, but you can find a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in different colors and different patterns.
Lauren Bacall Owned One
Lauren Bacall, the gorgeous actress, and wife of actor Humphrey Bogart owned a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She named her dog Blenheim and she adored that dog more than anything else in the world. She was a huge animal lover, however, it was her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who stole her heart. She had a portrait of him painted before he died so that she could see him every day even when he was gone. Lauren Bacall isn’t the only famous person who owned one of these adorable dogs. Other celebrities include Frank Sinatra, Diane Sawyer, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brad Paisley, Kristin Davis, Teri Hatcher, Princess Margaret, and Amanda Bynes.
Its a Relatively New Breed of Dog, Sort Of
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been around for centuries. For many, many years, people have owned this breed of dog and loved them. The only problem was that it was not a recognized breed of dog by the American Kennel Club. Before the 1990’s, you could not watch a dog show and see one of these adorable dogs competing. In the mid 90’s, for some reason, the American Kennel Association finally decided to recognize the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as a breed, and owners of these dogs were allowed to put their dogs into the shows. Nobody knows the real reason that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was not recognized as a breed, but for some reason, the American Kennel Association deemed it inappropriate.
It is a Very Popular Breed of Dog
Over the years, this dog has become quite popular. Over the last few years, it has moved up on the AKC’s list of most popular dogs to the number 20 spot. Since this adorable breed is becoming more and more popular, it is likely that it make it into the top 10 position in the next few years. This is because more and more families are adopting these dogs.
He Can Be Very Scared and Skittish
This dog is very cute, but without proper socialization skills, he can become a problem. It is very important that you start socializing your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with other dogs and other people at a very early age. If you don’t, the dog will become scared of his own shadow. When people come to the house, the dog will cry, cower, and demand your attention. If the dog is not socialized early on with other dogs, taking him to the dog park could be a complete nightmare.
It is Not Classified as a Spaniel
Even though this dog has the word “spaniel’ in its name, it is not actually a spaniel. All clubs and associations classify the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as a toy breed. This is because this breed of dog is so small and delicate. Spaniels are considered to be hunting dogs. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not a sporting dog, and you never see these dogs used for hunting. Because it isn’t used for sporting, it cannot be truly considered a spaniel, regardless of the dog’s name.
He is Royalty
This dog was named after King Charles II who was the leader of England in the 17th century. The king loved these little dogs so much that it is rumored he even passed a law regarding the breed. According to the history books, the King made it illegal for people to ban the breed from going anywhere in England. This meant that if you walked into a restaurant, store, or any public place, you could possibly see a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Unfortunately, the laws are not the same today, and unless you have a service dog, he either needs to stay at home.
He Loves to Cuddle
This breed of dog is at his best when he is sitting in your lap. They are known to love cuddling. At the end of a long day, your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be waiting for you. As soon as you sit down, he will be in your lap or right beside you. If you don’t have the time to spend cuddling with this adorable dog, you should consider adopting a different breed.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a sweet, loving, and affectionate breed of dog. If you want to adopt an adorable dog whose ancestors have lived in the White House, you really won’t regret it.