Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Famous Cavaliers in History
of the most famous
King Charles was owned by
who was beheaded in 1587 with a
black and white toy spaniel
under her skirts. Her beloved
companion reputedly refused to
leave her side and died from
grief a few days after her
death. Mary's trusted pet was
probably an earlier forerunner
of the Cavalier King Charles.
Charles I was devoted
to his toy spaniel Rogue, who
accompanied the king to his
execution in 1649.
Charles II was known as
the 'Cavalier King.' Charles is
credited with having a number of
little spaniels about him wherever
he went, to the point where
members of the court complained
about the dogs.
In Charles’ time, it was
proclaimed that no public building
could be designated as “off
limits” to a spaniel, including
II, brother of Charles
II, was equally infatuated with
toy spaniels. During a severe
storm at sea, James is reputed to
have shouted “Save
the dogs and the Duke of
Monmouth [the king’s
Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough
raised toy "Malborough Spaniels"
giving rise to the term “Blenheim”
used today for the chestnut and
white Cavalier Spaniel puppies.
The Duchess of
Marlborough is credited with
imprinting the characteristic
‘lozenge’ or thumbprint mark on
the top of the Blenheim Spaniel’s
head. As the story goes, she
rubbed a pregnant spaniel’s head
with her thumb out of worry for
her husband while he was in
France, leading his troups to
victory against Louis XIV at the
battle of Blenheim.
the name of Queen
is inscribed with the following
message written by the Queen
lies Dash, the favorite spaniel
of Her Majesty Queen Victoria,
by whose command this memorial
He died on the 20thDecember
1840 in his ninth year. His
attachment was without
selfishness, his playfulness
without malice, his fidelity
Reader, if you would live
beloved and die regretted,
profit by the example of Dash.”
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
were clearly the model for the “Staffordshires”
pottery dogs made in England
from the late 1850s until the
King Charles Spaniels
seem to be news stories everyday
King Charles owners.
a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles,
as did Frank Sinatra.
host of Good Morning
America, and her husband Mike
Nicols own a female tri
color Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel named Brinklow La
owned two Cavalier
King Charles Spaniels named Harley and
Hooper. Courtney is quoted in a June
2003 interview as saying "They
bring me so much joy… It makes me so
happy when I'm lying in bed and look
over and see my husband, two little
dogs… I don't think I can be happier
Love Hewitt owns a Blenheim
King Charles Spaniel
appropriately named Charlie.
music singer Brad
Paisley and his wife,
Williams-Paisley, own a
Cavalier named "Holler."
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is
On the TV series Sex
and the City, Charlotte
York (played by actress Kristin
Davis) adopted a Blenheim
Charles puppy which she
renamed Elizabeth Taylor
owns both Blenheim and
Tricolor Cavalier King Charles
sister of Queen Elizabeth II, is
another Cavalier King Charles lover.
Rowley was her Cavalier companion
for many years.
reputedly named her Blenheim
Cavalier Midge after her "What I
Like About You" alter ego.
Bacall owned a Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel aptly named
Blenheim. Though now gone, a
painting of Blenheim still graces
Ms. Bacall’s living room.
Other celebrities that
have owned Cavalier King Charles
Spaniels include Sylvester
contestant and star of the TV show
"Smash" Katherine McPhee.
Rooney recently summed it
up for all Cavalier lovers when he
was quoted as saying "We
have a Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel, Sir Digby. No
matter how hectic life gets, we
know when we get home our precious
little companion is there with
loving eyes waiting for us."
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