Archie, our resident Cavalier King Charles Spaniel welcoming guests to the B&B yesterday. He loves lots of attention but at 10 years old is rather deaf!
Archie, our resident Cavalier King Charles Spaniel welcoming guests to the B&B yesterday. He loves lots of attention but at 10 years old is rather deaf! Archie adores Keith and follows him everywhere. He pines for Keith when they’re not together, watching him from the B&B sitting room window and waiting for his return. He’s the 4th Cavalier King Charles in the family and was bought from our village of Wyke Regis from a local breeder. The previous Cavalier was named Campion, named after a wild flower and we have an extremely lifelike sculpture of him in the sitting room. A talented personal friend studying art at the time sculpted Campion from a photograph.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel classed as a toy dog by The Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club. It originated in the United Kingdom and is one of the more popular breeds in many countries. Since 2000, it has grown in popularity in the United States and ranks as the 18th most popular pure-breed in the United States (2013 Registration Statistics). It has a silky, smooth coat and commonly a smooth undocked tail. The breed standard recognizes four colours: Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black/white/tan), Black and Tan, and Ruby. The breed is generally friendly, affectionate and good with both children and other animals; however, they require a lot of human interaction. Since they are a family dog, it is recommended to not leave them alone at long periods at a time. The expected average lifespan of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is under ten years.
The King Charles changed inordinately in the late 17th century, when it was interbred with flat-nosed breeds. Until the 1920s, the Cavalier shared the same history as the smaller King Charles Spaniel. Breeders attempted to recreate what they considered to be the original configuration of the breed, a dog resembling Charles II’s King Charles Spaniel of the Restoration.