What are the different Cavalier King Charles Dog colour types?

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the colours of its lovely silken coat. The breed is available in a variety of colours and the four recognized ones include Blenheim, Ruby, Black and Tan and Tri-colour. Don’t be misled by the short coat the puppies have, over time the coat grows long and is simply gorgeous. The dog will sprout silky feathers over the ears, legs and feet with a plumed tail and a sort of Elizabethan ruff collar under the chin.

The Four Colours of a Cavalier King Charles Dog

In this article we will have a brief look at the four recognized colours beginning with the Blenheim, which appears to be the most popular colour choice.

Blenheim Cavalier dogs are characterised by their white and chestnut markings. The coat has a white background with chestnut markings on the ears and back. Some dogs come with a chestnut spot smack in the middle of the forehead – it is referred to as the ‘Blenheim’ spot. The name ‘Blenheim’ is a tribute to John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough’s Blenheim Palace where he raised this highly popular breed.

Ruby Cavaliers are supposed to be completely chestnut in colour though you do get quite a few with white in their coats. If you plan on showing the animal it has got to be one hundred percent chestnut or liver coloured (as some refer to it). The American Kennel Club does not recognise dogs with any white markings. Of course for companion dogs the exactness of the colour hardly matters.

Black and Tan Cavaliers typically have black bodies with tan highlights. They are characterised by tan cheeks, eyebrows, chest, legs and the underside of the tail.

Tri-colour Cavaliers are a mix of black and white markings with a white blaze or splash of white that appears between the eyes. The topside of the ears and back are generally all black with the underside of the ears, the eyebrows and the underside of the tail being tan.

Show Colours

For people who plan to show the dogs the exact colours in each category are important. However, anyone looking for a really adorable and charming companion simply cannot go wrong in taking home a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. This large toy dog breed is wonderful with people, children and other pets.

Make a decision to take one home with you and you will be taking home a really good friend!

Next time we will discuss the Blenheim Cavalier King Charles in more detail.  Till then, bye from George ‘woof’.

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