King Charles Spaniel dog breed is closely related to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this particular breed is significantly smaller, and to avoid confusion, is better known in the United States as the English Toy Spaniel. These dogs were apparently great favourites of King Charles II (1660-1685), who used to exercise his pets personally in St. James’s Park in London. Four distinct varieties are recognized today, on the basis of their coloration, the traditional from being black and tan. The others are the Prince Charles, which is tri-coloured, the Ruby, which is chestnut-red, and the Blenheim, a combination of ruby and white markings, initially bred by the First Duke of Marlborough and named after his palace.
Coat Type/Colour: Smooth, Long; Wide Variety
Height: 10 Inch (25 cm)
Weight: 8 – 14 lb (3.6 – 6.4 kg)
Nature: Friendly, Adaptable; requires careful grooming
The nose of the dog breed is much shorter than that of the Cavalier, and the flattened face may make the prominent eyes more prone to injury as a result. You will need to check the ears regularly in this breed, as they are both pendulous and heavy. As a consequence, infections can develop quite easily within the ear canal, with persistent scratching being an early sign of irritation. Seek veterinary assistance without delay, as some infections of this type can be difficult to cure successfully, especially if treatment is delayed.
These spaniels, which vary considerably in size, are usually friendly dogs and should settle well in the company of other pets, notably cats, without problems, You must be prepared to groom the coat each day, and the eyes may also benefit from being wiped over at the corners with moist cotton wool, to remove any build-up of dirt.