Blenheim Cavalier King Charles

King Charles II was a big fan of the Cavalier King Charles spaniel breed and preferred to play with them rather than take care of important ‘kingly’ matters or so the story goes. Who can blame him I ask you! One look at these absolutely adorable little dogs and nothing else matters as much! When the King died, John Churchill the Duke of Marlborough took up where the King left off, caring for the breed. Blenheim coloured spaniels were his favourite and were in fact named after his estate.

Blenheim Breed Characteristics

The Blenheim coloured Cavalier King Charles is characterised by rich chestnut coloured markings on a clear white background. The ears are chestnut coloured and the chestnut colour you will find is spaced out in an even manner on the head and surrounding eye areas. The white blaze between the eyes and ears is typical and the ‘Blenheim’ spot a chestnut coloured marking in the centre of the head is unique.

The chestnut colour is clearly divided on either side of the dogs head by the white that runs from the top of head clear through to the muzzle and down to the paws. The chestnut colour is spread from the top of the head down completely over the ears and around the eyes. It’s a beautiful sight to see how well proportioned the colouring is for these dogs. The rest of the body is white with chestnut markings spread over the back and sides. The tail and paws are generally pearly white and this colour combination is so beautiful it makes the Blenheim a very popular choice.

Show Dog Characteristics

For show dogs, the Blenheim Cavalier King Charles’s coat should be of moderate length, silky soft and without curl. The feathers on the ears, chest, legs and tail should be naturally long and the feet should be feathered as it is a characteristic of the breed. For show dogs, trimming is not permitted and dogs that exhibit signs of trimming or clipping will be disqualified from  competitions. Only the hair growing on the undersides of the paws may be trimmed.

If you plan on showing your dog the Blenheim spot is quite desirable and special. On the other hand, if you plan to keep the dog as a companion, the colour spread or the spot does not really matter. You will be hard pressed to find a more loving, adorable and cute dog; completely loyal and totally lovable.

Next time we will discuss finding a reputable Cavalier King Charles breeder.  Till then, bye from George ‘woof’.

Do you have a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles?  If so, leave a comment and let George know.

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  1. I have a 15 week old Blenheim Cavalier puppy and he has the spot on the top of his head. He also has a chestnut marking on one side of his mouth, makes it look like he has a half mustache. Would this be considered undesirable for showing? Its cute, but not symmetrical.

    • Hi Trisha, I don’t show George so I’m not sure of the rules around colour marks. I bet he’s an adorable puppy no matter what. I would suggest you contact your local place where they show dogs and ask them. Cheers George

  2. I enjoy the sweet Blenheim I rescued. Was wondering if you could recommend a healthy feeding routine? Thanks( she’s overweight)

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