Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Questions

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 1/3/2008
I am looking to get a Cavalier King Charles, and a breeder has told me that she potentially has a litter coming from a Blenheim mother and a Ruby father. Is this considered a mixed breed? What do you think the litter would look like physically? Could this affect the temperment?

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1/4/08 If you read in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel books that are out there, you will find them to read that you should not mix whole (Ruby or B/T) colors with mixed (Blenheim or Tri) colors. If you mix a Black & Tan with a Blenheim then your Black & Tan will have white on its chest and other places. It is fine for a pet but it is not OK for showing or breeding. Stick to the Cavalier Colors, they do not mix them. Hope this helps! Nancy
Gladden's Cavaliers
1/9/08 Mixing wholecolors to particolors is absolutely fine. In fact, most of my litters are parti to solid. It produces richer color and more uniform looking Cavaliers. It is not true that you should not breed the two and the litters are often just as well marked as others. Elizabeth
Buddington Cavaliers
1/28/08 I had heard this misconception as well. So I contacted the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club to find out what the restrictions on breeding were. Below is a copy of the email that I received back: "Very, very briefly, Darica. It is not unethical to breed a whole color to a party color. Sometimes it results in white markings on a Ruby or Black and Tan, but it's done everyday by some of the best breeders. They all want to breed the best to the best. It might be that ticking comes from this kind of breeding, also. Brenda" In doing a lot of research on the subject, I found out that it was with the "King Charles" that you are not to breed whole colours to parti colours. Not the Cavalier King Charles. It's really quite interesting and I applaud you for doing your homework!!!! Good Luck! Darica
Absolute Cavaliers