Information about the history of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, including the CKCSC USA, Inc. Breed
Standard, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
The Cavalier King Charles of the 1600s may have served as a retriever of small game, but its primary purpose was
to provide pleasure for its aristocratic English owners. King Charles II was often to be seen walking with his
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in the royal parks of London.
Although the Cavalier King Charles has its origin in seventeenth-century England, the breed was almost lost in
the early 1900s. It was brought back by the judicious breeding of a few select breeds, designed to replicate
the spaniel seen in so many old English paintings, such as the one featured below.
King Charles II as a young boy, with his Cavalier Spaniels