Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are beloved companions to many people. These small, beautiful dogs have a tail that never stops wagging from happiness! But did you know these dogs come in different colors?
In this article, we’ll take a look at the recognized colors of the Cavalier Kind Charles Spaniel and then share some information about this beloved dog breed. Let’s get started!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Coat Colors
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels come in four different coat colors that are recognized by the AKC. These colors are:
- Black & Tan
Each color and pattern gives each dog a distinctive look of their own! We’ll take a closer look at these recognized colors for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the following sections.
The Four Recognized Colors of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the most common coat color in this dog breed. Here, the primary color is white, which is found all over the body, the muzzle, and a forehead blaze (not always found there).
For this dog, the color white may be broken up with the “Blenheim Kiss,” a ruby or chestnut color on the forehead. White and ruby or chestnut may be found across the dog’s body and ears.
These dogs can have a sporty look that’s also very regal.
2. Tri-color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The next most common color in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is Tri-color. That means a dog has three colors that are mixed over the entire body.
Here, again, white is the dominant color over the body, though sometimes the main color may be black. Along with black or white, the dog will have ruby or chestnut splotches over the black.
If the dog has ruby-colored eyebrows, he may have an inquisitive look that’s just adorable!
3. Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The ruby (or chestnut) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is rare. The dogs are a solid shade of ruby or chestnut across their entire bodies, though they may occasionally have small, white spots scattered across the solid color.
An important note if you’d like to show your dog. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that are ruby and have white spots are not allowed to show. The dog must be a solid ruby or chestnut color. But if you’re not planning on showing your canine companion, then it doesn’t matter if he has a few white freckles here and there!
4. Black and Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
The black and tan parti-colored dogs are one of the rarest of all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. These dogs usually have a black body with tan eyebrows, cheeks, and under their tails. You can sometimes spot tan on the insides of their ears and on their legs.
Here, too, if the dogs have any white spots, they are not allowed to show. But if your adorable dog will be a family companion, white spots are no problem at all. You still have an adorable, loving fur baby!
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colors Not Recognized
It is possible to find Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in other colors other than the ones in the previous sections. However, these additional colors are not recognized by the AKC.
The dogs can be found in:
- Chocolate tri-color
- Chocolate & tan
- All black
- Black & white
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are beautiful, small dogs that love to wag their tails! Breeders have tried to keep this trait in their dogs because people love it. Along with a plumed tail that constantly wags, these dogs have large, dark round eyes and a sweet expression on their faces. Who can adore these little cuties? Not many!
The dogs are known for following their pet parents all through the house. They want to be with their pet parents and families all the time. It’s been said you can’t get away from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel because he follows you everywhere!
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an intelligent dog that’s eager to please. These characteristics mean the dogs are easy to train. They respond best to positive reinforcement training methods. The dogs are a great choice for inexperienced pet parents.
And it’s important to remember these dogs are sensitive. They don’t do well if their pet parents holler at them. So, be sure to distract the dog from something that’s naughty. For instance, if he’s chewing up your favorite shoes, see if a treat or his favorite toy may get him away from the shoes. That way, you don’t have to scold him.
These small dogs are very friendly and never meet a stranger! So, they don’t make very good watchdogs. However, some of them may alert you when a stranger comes to the door.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels stand between 12 to 13 inches and weigh between 13 to 18 lbs. They have a life expectancy of 9 to 15 years.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are adaptable dogs that can happily and comfortably live in an apartment or condo. They need moderate exercise, so a daily walk is recommended. The dogs also love playing in the yard to get exercise.
Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Get Along with Kids & Other Pets?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are great for kids; however, they do best with older kids who don’t play rough.
They do get along with other dogs and can learn to accept cats. Some even play with cats and other pets. However, some of the dogs may try to catch and eat smaller pets, such as birds, mice, and other small pets. So, it’s best to never leave your dog unattended with smaller pets for this reason. Some of the dogs have a strong prey drive.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have a coat that’s dense and silky. The coat also tangles easily. As you may have guessed, these dogs require daily brushing to keep their fur from matting and to keep it looking beautiful.
In addition, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel only needs a bath once in a while when he’s dirty and stinky.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need between ½ cup to 1 cup of high-quality dry kibble, divided between two meals each day. However, keep in mind that the amount of food a dog needs depends on his size, age, and activity level.
Summing It Up
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels come in four official colors that are recognized by the AKC. However, dogs that have white “freckles” are not allowed to show. But if you don’t plan on showing your canine companion, his freckles are just another bit of cuteness he offers!
We’re pretty sure if you adopt a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, you’ll have a loving, loyal, playful companion for years to come!