Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colors

There are four main recognized Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colors. Blenheim, Ruby, Black & Tan and Tricolor. Choosing your favorite may prove a difficult decision.

A little about the Cavaliers Coat

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a popular toy breed which has a medium length wavy coat. They have distinctive feathering on the feet, chest and tail, which is longer than the fur on the rest of the body.

This breed requires regular grooming in order to reduce shedding and keep the coat looking at its best and free from tangles.

The four Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colors

The four recognized colors are:

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

blenheim cavalier king charles spaniel

Blenheim Cavaliers should have a pearly white base coat. This white coat should be broken up with rich chestnut markings evenly placed on their head.

A characteristic marking of the Blenheim Cavalier King Charles is a spot referred to as a lozenge mark, evenly located on the middle of their head.

Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

ruby cavalier king charles spaniel

Ruby Cavaliers have the most basic of colorings.

Their coats should be a complete whole colored rich red.

It's quite common to see very small white spots. Again this would be undesirable for a show dog.

Personally we think a little white marking looks rather cute.

Black & Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

black and tan cavalier king charles spaniel

Black and Tan Cavaliers should have completely black coats, with tan markings.

The Tan highlights should be in the in the following places:

  • Above their eyes
  • On their cheeks
  • Inside their ears
  • On their chest
  • On their legs
  • Underside of their tale

White marks would be undesirable.

Tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

tricolor cavalier king charles spaniel

Tricolor Cavaliers coats consist of three colors. Black, White and Tan.

Their coats should be primarily Black and White with Tan markings in the following places:

  • Above their eyes
  • On their cheeks
  • Inside their ears
  • Inside of their legs
  • Underside of their tale

Choosing your favorite Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colour

cavalier king charles spaniel colours

While other color variations may be undesirable for show dogs, it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your Cavalier if they don't meet this standard.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels make excellent companion dogs. The only real decision you need to make is which color to choose. Perhaps you could get one of each?

We'd love to know which color you chose and why in the comments below.

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