Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
04.11.2008.
KC
December 2007

UTILISATION

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FCI
Companion and Toy.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 9Companion and Toy Dogs
Section 7English Toy Spaniels
Without working trial

KC
Toy

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Active, graceful and well balanced, with gentle expression.
KC
Active, graceful and well balanced, with gentle expression.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Sporting, affectionate, absolutely fearless.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Sporting, affectionate, absolutely fearless. Gay, friendly, non-aggressive; no tendency towards nervousness.
KC
Gay, friendly, non-aggressive; no tendency to nervousness.

HEAD

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KC
Skull almost flat between ears. Stop shallow. Length from base of stop to tip of nose about 3.8 cms (11/2 ins). Nostrils black and well developed without flesh marks, muzzle well tapered. Lips well developed but not pendulous. Face well filled below eyes. Any tendency to snipiness undesirable.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Almost flat between ears.

Stop

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FCI
Shallow.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Nostrils black and well developed without flesh marks.

Muzzle

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FCI
Length from base of stop to tip of nose about 1 1/2 ins. (3,8 cm). Well tapered. Face well filled below eyes. Any tendency to snipiness undesirable.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Well developed and not pendulous.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

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FCI
Large, dark, round but not prominent; spaced well apart.
KC
Large, dark, round but not prominent; spaced well apart.

Ears

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FCI
Long, set high, with plenty of feather.
KC
Long, set high, with plenty of feather.

NECK

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FCI
Moderate length, slightly arched.
KC
Moderate length, slightly arched.

BODY

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KC
Short-coupled with good spring of rib. Level back.

Back

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FCI
Level.

Loin

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FCI
Short-coupled.

Chest

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FCI
Moderate; good spring of ribs.

TAIL

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FCI
Length of tail in balance with body, well set on, carried happily but never much above the level of the back. Docking previously optional when no more than one-third was to be removed.
KC
Length of tail in balance with body, well set on, carried happily but never much above the level of the back. Docking previously optional when no more than one-third was to be removed.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Legs moderately boned, straight.
KC
Chest moderate, shoulders well laid back; straight legs moderately boned.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back.

FORELEGS

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FEET

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KC
Compact, cushioned and well feathered.

Forefeet

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FCI
Compact, cushioned and well feathered.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Legs with moderate bone.
KC
Legs with moderate bone; well turned stifle – no tendency to cowhocks or sickle-hocks.

Stifle

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FCI
Well turned.

HIND LEGS

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Hock

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FCI
No tendency to cow- or sickle-hocks.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Free-moving and elegant in action, plenty of drive from behind. Fore-and hindlegs move parallel when viewed from in front and behind.
KC
Free-moving and elegant in action, plenty of drive from behind. Forelegs and hindlegs move parallel when viewed from in front and behind.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Long, silky, free from curl. Slight wave permissible. Plenty of feathering. Totally free from trimming.
KC
Long, silky, free from curl. Slight wave permissible. Plenty of feathering. Totally free from trimming.

COLOUR

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FCI

Recognized colours are
  • Black and Tan: Raven black with tan markings above the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest and legs and underside of tail. Tan should be bright. White marks undesirable.
  • Ruby: Whole coloured rich red. White markings undesirable.
  • Blenheim: Rich chestnut markings well broken up, on pearly white ground. Markings evenly divided on head, leaving room between ears for much valued lozenge mark or spot (a unique characteristic of the breed).
  • Tricolour: Black and white well spaced, broken up, with tan markings over eyes, cheeks, inside ears, inside legs, and on underside of tail.
Any other colour or combination of colours highly undesirable.
KC
Colour Recognised colours are: Black and Tan: raven black with tan markings above the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest and legs and underside of tail. Tan should be bright. White marks undesirable. Ruby: whole coloured rich red. White markings undesirable. Blenheim: rich chestnut markings well broken up, on pearly white ground. Markings evenly divided on head, leaving room between ears for much valued lozenge mark or spot (a unique characteristic of the breed). Tricolour: black and white well spaced, broken up, with tan markings over eyes, cheeks, inside ears, inside legs, and on underside of tail. Any other colour or combination of colours highly undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
Weight: 5.4-8.2 kgs (12-18 lbs). A small, well balanced dog well within these weights desirable.

Weight

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FCI
5,4 - 8 kg (12 - 18 lbs). A small, well-balanced dog well within these weights desirable.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.