Kings Charles Spaniel Dog:
The Kings Charles Spaniel Dog has been a motif of Royalty in England since the 16th century. In that time period a similar breed was given as a gift from Japan to King Charles II (1630-1685). Paintings of the king and his dog made the spaniel famous. After years, dog breeders perfected the King Charles Spaniel by cross breeding the Prince Charles Spaniel, the Blenheim and the Ruby. Though dog breeding style has changed and the King Charles Spaniel Dog is no longer the most popular dog in England, High Class Ladies are still all about the king charles spaniel dog.
Old English paintings regularly show King Charles Spaniels. Thomas Gainsborough featured a spaniel in his portrait of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III who was King of Great Britain and Ireland. The Portrait Lady Hamilton as Nature, by George Romney also features a woman holding a cute little King Charles Spaniel.
The King Charles Spaniel
is a long haired dog with floppy ears and big murky eyes. These all understanding eyes are contrasted by an extensive forehead. A small dog with a traditionally docked tail, can be found with three typical color schemes: The King Charles, which is a black and tan splotched coat, the Prince Charles, which looks like the king charles but also features a third brownish color, and the Ruby marked Spaniels which are Reddish brown with a White underbelly. These dogs are colorful and aesthetically pleasing.
This breed of Toy Spaniel is known to be a very chill dog. It is a good companion because it is affectionate and loves human interaction. King Charles’ dog is a good comrade for apartment living because it is quiet, yet is not a protector, as its friendly personality would rather make a new friend than deter an unwanted visitor.
Though many Spaniels are content to relax on their mommy’s lap, when energized, one must be careful that they do not run after cars. Spaniels are instinctive hunting dogs and love to run after moving objects. This is easily fixed by training, since these dogs are very intelligent, they can be taught not only to stay away from moving cars, but to befriend small animals such as hamsters. Their friendly personality will take over, and when shown who they are allowed to befriend, it will not take long for them to accept their prey as an accomplice.
The King Charles Spaniel
is known to have eye problems, such as cataracts, clouding their vision, corneal dystrophy, causing them to cry often as they get older and Otic disc drusen which can result in blindness. It is also a common mutation for distichia to occur, which dictates that eyelashes will grow in abnormal places around their eyelids, this can cause further irritation in the eyes. Bob tails on the other hand are normal in most King Charles Spaniels and are not considered a mutation in dog show rules yet a commonly inherited problem in these dogs are heart problems. Though not every King Charles Spaniel suffers from a week heart, the ones who do will breed more week hearted dogs.