Cavalier King Charles spaniels are dainty toy dogs who are native to the United Kingdom, where they had a major fan in King Charles II during the 1700s. These tender and gentle spaniels appear in a handful of different color schemes, one of which is referred to by the name "Blenheim."
If you have a Blenheim puppy in your care, he has a predominantly white coat that features large, reddish-brown segments of color. This striking reddish-brown coloring appears on their ears and around their eyes. Blenheim pooches have prominent white stripes that run through the center of their faces. As Cavalier King Charles spaniels of this color group get older, their fur coloration usually gets more and more vivid.
Cavalier King Charles spaniels of the Blenheim type often, but not always, sport freckles in their facial areas, frequently on their noses. Blenheim pooches are not born with these endearing freckles or "beauty marks," although they generally emerge during the puppy months, before they reach a year in age.
Cavalier King Charles spaniels exist in three other distinct color patterns, which are beige and black, deep red and tricolor. Tricolor Cavalier King Charles dogs are similar to their Blenheim counterparts. They also are mostly white in coloration, but with black sections rather than reddish-brown. The tricolor doggies also often have freckles. Freckles generally don't appear in either red or beige and black pups.
Cavalier King Charles spaniels aren't only memorable for their striking coat coloration, but also for their luxurious textures, regardless of the exact shade. Their hair is smooth, soft and moderate in length, with zero curling but occasionally some subtle waving. Their tails, limbs, chests and ears all have notably longer tufts of hair, which is referred to as "feathering." As far as upkeep goes, their lengthy coats need brushing sessions several times each week. When they shed, they might require more frequent brushing to extract any stray and dead hairs. Clipping is not necessary for them.
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