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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

King` Charles′ span′iel(n.)

  1. a variety of the English toy spaniel having a black-and-tan coat.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Origin of King Charles spaniel:

1825–35; after Charles II of England, alleged to have favored the breed

Princeton's WordNet

  1. King Charles spaniel(noun)

    a toy English spaniel with a black-and-tan coat; named after Charles II who popularized it

Wiktionary

  1. King Charles spaniel(Noun)

    A breed of dog originating from England.

Webster Dictionary

  1. King Charles spaniel

    a variety of small pet dogs, having, drooping ears, a high, dome-shaped forehead, pug nose, large, prominent eyes, and long, wavy hair. The color is usually black and tan

Freebase

  1. King Charles Spaniel

    The King Charles Spaniel is a small dog breed of the spaniel type. In 1903, the Kennel Club combined four separate toy spaniel breeds under this single title. The other varieties merged into this breed were the Blenheim, Ruby and Prince Charles Spaniels, each of which contributed one of the four colours available in the breed. Thought to have originated in the Far East, toy spaniels were first seen in Europe during the 16th century. They were made famous by their association with King Charles II of England and have been linked with English royalty since the time of Queen Mary I. Members of the breed have been owned by Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. The King Charles Spaniel and the other types of toy spaniels were crossbred with the Pug in the early 19th century to reduce the size of the nose, as was the style of the day. The 20th century saw attempts to restore lines of King Charles Spaniels to the breed of Charles II's time. These included the unsuccessful Toy Trawler Spaniel and the now popular Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Cavalier is slightly larger, with a flat head and a longer nose, while the King Charles is smaller, with a domed head and a flat face.

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