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Famous Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Famous Cavaliers in History

Mary Queen of Scots was
                                        beheaded while her spaniel hid
                                        beneath her skirts.
One of the most famous Cavalier King Charles was owned by Mary Queen of Scots 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.

King Charles I was devoted to his toy spaniel Rogue, who accompanied the king to his execution in 1649.

King Charles II is known
                                          as the "Cavalier
                                          King" as he was rarely
                                          seen without his spaniels.King 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 Parliament.

James 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 son]!”

John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough raised toy "Malborough Spaniels" at Blenheim Castle, 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.

Dash was the name of Queen Victoria’s beloved Tricolor Cavalier. Dash, Cavalier
                                          King Charles SpanielDash’s tombstone is inscribed with the following message written by the Queen herself:

"Here lies Dash, the favorite spaniel of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, by whose command this memorial was erected.
He died on the 20th
December 1840 in his ninth year. His attachment was without selfishness, his playfulness without malice, his fidelity without deceit.

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 1930s.

Celebrity Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

There seem to be news stories everyday about celebrity Cavalier King Charles owners.

Ronald Reagan with
                                        his Cavalier King CharlesPresident Ronald Reagan  had a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles, as did Frank Sinatra.

Diane Sawyer, host of Good Morning America, and her husband Mike Nicols own a female tri color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Brinklow La Bamba Lila.

Courtney Cox and David Arquette 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 than this."Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt owns a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel appropriately named Charlie. 

Country music singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, own a Cavalier named "Holler."

Liv Tyler's Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is named Neal.

Kristin DavisOn the TV series Sex and the City, Charlotte York (played by actress Kristin Davis) adopted a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles puppy which she renamed Elizabeth Taylor Goldenblatt.

Teri Hatcher owns both  Blenheim and Tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, is another Cavalier King Charles lover. Rowley was her Cavalier companion for many years.Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes reputedly named her Blenheim Cavalier Midge after her "What I Like About You" alter ego.

Lauren Bacall owned a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel aptly named Blenheim. Though now gone, a painting of Blenheim still graces Ms. Bacall’s living room.

Katherine McPhee with her
                                      Cavalier Spaniel puppyOther celebrities that have owned Cavalier King Charles Spaniels include Sylvester Stalloneand American Idol contestant and star of the TV show "Smash" Katherine McPhee.

Mickey 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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