The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been a sweet-natured warmer of laps and hearts for centuries. Named for King Charles II of Britain, they commonly appear in paintings and tapestries depicting aristocratic families and their luxurious trappings. Though descended from hunting spaniels and even occasionally hunted with, they have always been primarily companions. Today, their companion role is a versatile one and they can be seen competing in conformation, obedience, and agility as well as serving as therapy dogs. Cavaliers are very good-natured and trainable, trustworthy around children and adaptable to rural or urban life. Their medium-length, silky coats come in a variety of colors and require weekly brushing but no trimming.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.