About Cavaliers

KING CHARLES SPANIEL Buffy (left) &
CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL Pammy (right)
Presenting the differences of relative-breeds (photo H.Seppälä)

HISTORY OF THE BREED

@ Cavalier Club's homepages: http://www.thecavalierclub.co.uk/breed/history.html

Favourites of the Kings to be
Albert Henry Payne: 'The Children of Charles I', a copy from the 19th century of Anthony Van Dyck's 17th century portrait. In the picture Charles II as a child with his siblings James and Henrietta. At the feet of the children two toy spaniels, resembling the modern day blenheims. Both Charles I and James (Charles II brother) were known to love and keep the little spaniels.
King Charles II & toy spaniels
Oil painting from the year 1675 - attributed to Hendrick Danckerts. In the painting John Rose in presenting the King the first pineapple grown in Britain. At the feet of the King a red and white toy spaniel wanting to play - on his right a presumablu black & white or tricolour toy spaniel.
Queen Victoria's famous Dash
Painting by the famous court painter Sir Edwin Landseer. There is an entry in Victoria's journal that on her coronation day she was in a hurry to get back home in order to give a bath to her beloved pet spaniel, Dash. Right when the popularity of the more snub-nosed dogs like pegingese and pugs was in its peak, Queen Victoria had the classical longer nosed variety of the toy spaniel. Dash was a very important friend to Victoria and when reading his epitaph, one can guess the people around her did not possess the same virtues.
"His attachment was without selfishness, his playfulness without malice, his fidelity without deceit,"

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

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