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Famous Cavalier King Charles Spaniels


Rex, pet of U.S. President Ronald Reagan

Elizabeth Taylor (née Princess Dandyridge Brandywine), pet of Charlotte York in Sex and the City

Charlie pet of actress Jennifer Love Hewitt

Neal pet of actress Liv Tyler

Pet of actress Clare Danes

Lila Pet of television journalist Diane Sawyer

Hopper & Hardy belong to celebrity acting couple Courtney Cox

& David Arquette

Jerry O'Connell with his dog Lucy

Actress Brittany Murphy out shopping with her dogs

Teri Hatcher and her daughter with their cavs

Jeremy Licht and his pooch.

Amanda Byrnes and Midge.

Controversial Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn with his two Cavaliers: Kenneth and Carla

Mischa Barton, actress, with Charlie.

Koda Kumi, singer, with her black and tan Cavalier named Rum

Jon Favreau actor, with his bleinham Cavalier

Other Famous Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Owners include

Frank Sinatra had 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Tracey Ullman - Comedien, singer
Rowley was Princess Margarets Cavalier companion for many years.
Lauren Bacall owned a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel aptly named Blenheim. Though now gone, a painting of Blenheim still graces Ms. Bacall’s living room.
Sylvester Stallone - Actor
Steven Van Zandt - Guitarist/Actor
Kirk Douglas - Actor Cavalier named Sparkle
Michael J, Fox - Actor
Mary Hart - Tv Host - Cavalier named Pumpkin
Victor Costa - Designer - Cavalier named Dior
Emma Bunton - Singer - 2 girl Cavaliers named Candy and Floss
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden owned one Cavalier
Jim Cramer of CNBC's Mad Money has a Cavalier named Maggie
MLB player Jeff Francoeur

Mary Queen of Scots went to her beheading in 1587 with a black and white toy spaniel under her skirts. Her beloved companion reputedly refused to leave her side and died from grief a few days after her death. Mary's trusted pet was probably an earlier forerunner of the Cavalier Spaniel.

King Charles II was known as the 'Cavalier King.' Charles is credited with having a number of little spaniels about him wherever he went, to the point where others at court complained. In Charles’ time, it was proclaimed that no public building could be designated as “off limits” to a spaniel, including Parliament.

James II, brother of Charles II, was equally infatuated with toy spaniels. During a severe storm at sea, James is reputed to have shouted “Save the dogs and the Duke of Monmouth [the king’s son]!”

John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough raised toy "Malborough Spaniels" at Blenheim Castle, giving rise to the term “Blenheim” used today for the chestnut and white Cavalier Spaniel puppies.

The Duchess of Marlborough is credited with imprinting the characteristic ‘lozenge’ or thumbprint mark on the top of the Blenheim Spaniel’s head. As the story goes, she rubbed a pregnant spaniel’s head with her thumb out of worry for her husband while he was in France, leading his troups to victory against Louis XIV at the battle of Blenheim.

Dash was the name of Queen Victoria’s beloved tricolor spaniel. Dash’s tombstone is inscribed with the following message written by the Queen herself:
"Here lies Dash, the favorite spaniel of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, by whose command this memorial was erected. He died on the 20th December 1840 in his ninth year. His attachment was without selfishness, his playfulness without malice, his fidelity without deceit. Reader, if you would live beloved and die regretted, profit by the example of Dash.”

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were clearly the model for the “Staffordshires” pottery dogs made in England from the late 1850s until the 1930s.

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