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Regal in name, and just about the cutest creatures on planet earth — you may think you know the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but I bet ya didn't know these eight facts about this fluffy breed!

1. They’ve Got A Brand New Claim To Fame

Kind of feel like any Cav lover could have told the world this without a research team BUT...A team of scientists recently declared the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as being the furthest removed physically from the wolf! The breed was also found to be the most removed characteristically from the wolf. Cavs showed only two of the nine aggressive behaviour patterns and none of the six submissive ones that were in the wolf (Huskies showed all 15!).
According to the research, this breed never matures much beyond a wolf puppy of 20 days old for its entire life and stays in what’s called a neotenic state (AKA Peter Pan mode!) for life. So, basically their genetic make-up is that of an actual love sponge that would rather snuggle than argue for pack leader status. I'm cool with that.

Pictured: @RomeoTheRubyCav

2. They're Professional Companions

Nicknamed “The Comfort Spaniel”, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were bred keep the laps of the Queens of England toasty warm in drafty castles and on chilly carriage rides. They were with them day in and day out as little buddies while their husbands were at war. While many other breeds no longer perform the tasks they were bred for, cavaliers still take their responsibility pretty fluffin' seriously.

In the breed’s early years, Cavs were often brought into beds, which was verrrrry uncommon at the time. They were meant to attract fleas and be bitten instead of their owners, thus saving their humans from the plague 
or other diseases! Champs.

Pictured: Cav Mom Tote

3. The Ladies Call The Shots

With Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, it is the females that establish dominance hierarchies! The males just go along with the flow and do as they’re told. Pretty magical if you ask me!

Two female Cavaliers in the same household will generally have some issues with dominance, but two males will not. A one male one female pair will not have dominance issues either, as the male will likely not challenge his lady’s authority. #whoruntheworld

Pictured: @dollandfin

4. They’re Named After King Charles II

They go way back. King Charles II, who lived and ruled England in the 17th century, was an extremely devoted fan of the toy spaniels that came to be named after him. The King put forth a law that said no King Charles Spaniel could be barred from any public place, not even the House of Parliament, where animals otherwise were forbidden. Absolutely amazing, and still in place today!

King Charles II was obsessed with Cavs and he became known for allowing the little dogs to follow him everywhere, always accompanied by at least three.  It was documented that the King was so fixated on his dogs that he was accused of ignoring the issues of his kingdom. The struggle was real.

5. There’s A Legend Behind The Blenheim’s Forehead Spot

Legend has it that while the Duke was away fighting the Battle of Blenheim, Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough, was worried sick that he husband may not return. She sat in the garden with a pregnant Cavalier on her lap and stroked and caressed the mom-to-be, pressing her thumb on top of the spaniel’s head.

When the news arrived that the battle was won and the Duke was safe, the puppies were born!  All of the tiny Cavalier Kings were marked with a chestnut-colored imprint of the Duchess’s thumb in the middle of their forehead. And there ya have it, the origin of the thumbprint found on the head of a perfectly marked Blenheim Cavalier!

Pictured: @cheddarthecavalier

6. The Pug Influenced Their Look But People Were Like "Noooooooo!"

After King Charles II passed away, the popularity of the breed began to fade and other dogs, like the pug, stepped into the spotlight. The King Charles spaniel was bred with 
the pug, giving it a shorter snout and domed head. It was actually centuries later that breeders decided they wanted to make the spaniel look the same way that it did when it was in just about all the former reigning monarch’s photos. They weren’t fans of the ‘pug’ in the dog.

7. Queen Victoria Was Just As Obsessed As The Rest Of Us

Queen Victoria had a tricolor Cav named Dash, who she was head over heels for. On the day of her coronation in 1837, she left the momentous event, changed her clothes and gave her little spaniel a bath.

The Queen commissioned dozens of artists and artisans to create images of Dash. Needlework, paintings and porcelain figures galore!  When Dash passed away, Queen Victoria herself wrote his epitaph:
"Here lies Dash, the favorite spaniel of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, by whose command this memorial was erected.  He died on the 20th December 1840 in his ninth year.  His attachment was without selfishness, his playfulness without malice, his fidelity without deceit.  Reader, if you would live beloved and die regretted, profit by the example of Dash."


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  • I love my cav, she is the sweetest thing ever. We got Bella 3 months ago , she is now 5 months. This tri- color love bug although costly high recommend. She gets along so well with my 2 year blue-pit bull cash!

    Jametra on
  • I love my cav, she is the sweetest thing ever. We got Bella 3 months ago , she is now 5 months. This tri- color love bug although costly high recommend. She gets along so well with my 2 year blue-pit bull cash!

    Jametra on
  • I have just gotten my 4th King Charles. I have had one with a heart issue, passes at 10; a female who went blind and passed at 14 with no problems. Presently I have a 4 year old and a 2 month old puppy. I love them like my kids. The unconditional love and companionship is o w of the greatest blessings of my life

    Eileen Rodriguez on
  • I have a gorgeous cav named Bunky and he is my little companion!! I love him so much and he’ s the best ever!!♥ I recommend whoever reads this to get a cav!

    ♥ v i o l e t ♥ on
  • Hi,
    Just a question. We have a 5 year old male tri cavalier, who is not desexed. We would like him to be able to have some puppies and hopefully keep one. We have never been involved in any arrangements like this previously. If we were lucky enough to perhaps have a female pup (our male dog being the father) how do you stop him from taking an interest in this female pup or does nature take its course and he will show no interest. I need advise. Sorry hope I am not coming across as very naive. Thanks in advance.

    Ros Stone on

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