Most if asked about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel think of them as most of the dogs classified as a Toy breed, a lap dog with not much use other than a companion dog. Not many would know of their sporting ancestry and know that some were not happy when the Kennel Club classified the Cavalier as a Toy breed as they considered them a Sporting breed and rightly so.
The Cavalier King Charles was an attempt to get back to what the King Charles originally was, but I feel being classified as a Toy breed has hampered it truly getting back to what it originally was, a small sporting spaniel used for flushing.
In the Sportsman’s Cabinet, published in 1803, these descriptions can be found of what was known at the time as the Marlborough latterly the Blenheim Spaniel which was eventually merged with the King Charles, "These are invariably red and white with very long ears, short noses, and black eyes; they are excellent and indefatigable, being in great estimation with those sportsmen who can become possessed of the breed." and "they were one and all (red and white) zealous hunters in the field but required much trouble to break,"
In the early 1800's Major Harding Cox describes a day out with the Blenheims at Blenheim Palace ` I once saw a small pack of these pretty little fellow perform prodigies of valour in covert and hedgerow, throwing their tongues for all they were worth, giving their quarry no peace, until they bustled him into the open`.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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