Charles II as a child with his first Spaniel, an early breed before the King recreated the breed:
The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel has been England’s favorite lap dog since the reign of King Charles II who loved his miniature spaniels and kept them in his bedroom, especially when they were welping. He “created” the breed by breeding his spaniels with flat nose pugs. The breed has been featured in family portraits, pottery, and literature. The famous portrait of Charles I’s children features a King Charles Spaniel. The Portrait of the 4th Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace features the family King Charles Spaniel. The fabulous John Singer Sargent portrait of the Duke of Marlborough and Consuelo Vanderbilt with their two children–the heir and the spare– includes family Blenheim Spaniels–Incredible painting! Queen Victoria’s spaniel DASH was the companion of her youth; she bathed him after her Coronation and adored him until his death. These amazingly loving dogs were in every shopkeeper’s window in Britain during Victorian times. The Staffordshire potters produced the famous Staffordshire Spaniels for every fireplace in the country. In our times, the King Charles Spaniel has been re-created by modern breeders and again fills our modern homes with love, affection, and great fun. We have a King Charles Cavalier named ROSIE who is the life of the party in our household. This half human half dog goes with us everywhere we go. While we are in Europe, Rosie has another family who are his baby sitters. Rosie is exactly as Cavaliers have been for centuries: a lap dog!
These images of our ROSIE
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