Non-sporting Breeds

King Charles Spaniel

King Charles Spaniel
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 10 in (25cm)
Weight: 8-14 lb (3.5-6.5kg)
Coat: Long, silky, and straight; slight waviness permissible
Color: Black and Tan: black with tan marks above eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest and legs, and underside of tail; white marks undesirable Ruby: solid rich red; white marks undesirable Blenheim: chestnut markings, well broken up, on pearly white ground; markings evenly divided on head, lozenge spot between ears Tricolor: black and white, well-spaced and broken up, with tan marks over eyes, cheeks, inside ears, inside legs, and underside of tail

In North America, this breed is known as the English Toy Spaniel and the name "King Charles" is given to the Black and Tan variety only. Although the King Charles Spaniel is generally thought of as a British breed, its history traces back to Japan in 2000 BC. It is said that King Charles II was so devoted to these little spaniels that he would frequently interrupt affairs of state in order to fondle and play with them, and there is a law in England, yet to be rescinded, that enables a King Charles Spaniel "to go anywhere." This little spaniel makes a delightful pet, being good with children, full of fun, and able to adapt its exercise requirements to its owner's capabilities. The King Charles should be brushed every day with a bristle brush, and it is advisable to keep the area around its eyes clean with eye wipes.
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