|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||King Charles Spaniel Club of Victoria Inc|
Background These little dogs are sometimes known as the Royal Spaniels due to being great favourites of the Stuart Kings. The "Merry Monarch" was admonished for "playing with his doggies all the while and not minding his business" in Privy Council. Accompanied by a rippling sea of dogs wherever he went, the Kings deathbed was cluttered with them, much to the consternation of the attending Archbishops. Signs "Beware of the Dogs" that appeared in Royal chambers meant "Do not tread on them". The breed was most probably created with dogs brought to England from Japan, crossed with local breeds and then with a Pyrame Spaniel brought from France. Indeed some still carry the Pyrame foot, where some pads and nails are fused. "Charlies" as their owners call them, were soon recognisable by their small, cobby bodies (square in shape), a prancing walk, flat face, draped lips, profusely feathered coat and the breed’s special feature, a beautifully domed head - like half an orange, or the dome of London’s St Pauls. In 1902 King Edward VII expressed his wish that The Kennel Club should retain the breed name of King Charles Spaniel, rather than English Toy Spaniel - which was duly granted. The King Charles Spaniel, which ranks among the rarer breeds in Australia, should not be confused with its larger cousin, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. King Charles Spaniels live from between 9 to 15 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Outgoing, ebullient and usually sure of themselves, King Charles Spaniels are individuals with a strong personality that enjoy making their presence felt. The breed can be very affectionate and delights in having affection lavished on it. Highly intelligent, these dogs quickly learn about the running of the household.
Compatibility With Other Pets The King Charles Spaniel will share with others, as long as the others realise it is "King" - but woe betide anyone who tries to take a Charlie’s place.
Care Requirements The coat will need to be combed and brushed on a regular basis. It is soft and silky (sometimes waved) and dirt will drop out. Ears have to be attended to carefully and combed regularly. Feathering on legs and ears should always be free of knots. Toenails should be checked, because long nails can mean sore feet. It may be necessary to bathe the eyes and to wipe away tear "stains". To own a Charlie is to take responsibility for the dog for its lifetime.
Please Take Note The King Charles Spaniel has an undershot bottom jaw that gives the dog its distinctive chin.
Ideal Owner/s Ideally Charlies are suited to an adult household. While good with all ages, this breed prefers adult company. It can be gregarious, but will often devote itself to one family member. Its preference for continual human company means that it is a household dog by choice, not a backyard or kennel dog.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the King Charles Spaniel and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.