We all love our dogs, and many of us have a favorite breed. For lovers of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, there is even a national day to celebrate the brave, loyal, loving breed.
On the last Saturday in May, owners and lovers of the breed meet up for organized walks and special events to celebrate this little breed. The event seems to have started in Australia, but walks now take place in countries across the world, presumably arranged on a Saturday to allow owners with Monday to Friday jobs and with children still in school to take part.
About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bred to be a companion dog. However, it is descended from Spaniels, which are working water dogs bred to retrieve downed birds from rivers and other bodies of water. As such, the Cavalier is an energetic dog, typically enjoys the water as much as dry land, and it can be trained to retrieve or fetch just as readily as its Spaniel cousins.
One of the standout features of the breed is its wagging tail, and seemingly almost anything can set off a furious flourish of tail wagging. Most Cavaliers are happy when being petted, receiving affection, or being allowed to spend time on their owner’s lap.
The breed can be prone to putting on a lot of weight, so owners do need to ensure that they feed carefully and do not provide too many treats.
Regular exercise also helps keep the weight off and Cavalier owners are recommended to provide an hour of exercise each day. During this time, the breed is likely to make plenty of new friends and win over the hearts of everybody it meets.
International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day
One way in which owners can provide this regular walk is via the annual Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day. What started out as an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of May in Australia has grown to become an international event.
Meets are organized every year and can include hundreds of owners and their dogs, as well as lovers of the breed that do not have their own Cavalier but like to spend time with others.
3 Facts About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
1. They Are a Relatively New Breed
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bred from the Toy Spaniel. The Toy Spaniel was especially popular between the 16th and 18th Centuries, but it wasn’t until 1928 that the first official club was formed in England, and the name Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was given to this companion breed.
2. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Is Named After King Charles II
King Charles II was a big fan of the small Spaniel breed. So much so that when the breed was named, it was given his name. Such was the Cavalier King’s love for the breed that he was accused of neglecting his kingdom and spending too much time with his dogs.
King Charles II had at least three Spaniels with him whenever he was seen in public.
3. They Were Used as Flea Magnets
Although renowned for their loving temperament and their companionship, during the time of the Plague, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bought and kept because its owners believed that fleas would be attracted to the dog rather than people, therefore preventing their owners from getting the plague from flea bites.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a remarkable breed and one that has a growing legion of followers and fans. A National Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day was started in Australia and invited owners to come together during the last Saturday in May every year. Owners would meet and embark on an arranged walk.
Such is the popularity of the breed and the success of the day itself that it has since spread to other countries, and there is likely an arranged walk, details of which can usually be found on social media and via breed groups, near you.
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