There are many beautiful dog breeds not only because of their personality but also because of their cute appearance. Some have smoother hair while others are curlier; others have larger eyes, while many have adorable facial features.
Without a doubt, within the list of the most tender and beautiful dogs, we can find the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
They are characterized by being lapdogs; that is, they are extraordinary animals that show all their love towards their owners and members of their human family. They love to spend time with children and the elderly, which is why they are considered one of the best family pets.
One of its most distinctive physical features is its beautiful wavy fur that covers every part of its body. The coat of this canine comes in various colours, and some of them are more common than others. Each colour gives a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a particular look that makes it look beautiful.
Many people claim that there are only four colours: Ruby, Tricolour, Blenheim, and Black & Tan. However, there are more varieties of colours and patterns such as Black & White, White, Tan, Merle, and White Markings.
What is the Least Common Colour in This Breed of Dog?
The rarest colour set of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel accepted by the AKC is Black & Tan. The dog will present a completely black body with tan markings on certain parts such as the legs, eyebrows, chest, cheeks, inside the ears, and even under the nails.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with this colour combination have a complex genetic makeup. Some Black & Tan coloured dogs have some white coloured markings. That would be considered a flaw in the breed.
Today, ruby is also one of the rare colours as many breeders do not take this colour variant much into account, and it is a shame as it is beautiful.
This is one of the official colours that a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can present. It is an intense red colour (without spots) that covers the entire body of the canine. Sometimes some of these dogs may have small spots, which are not ideal for a show dog.
What Other Colours Can the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Present?
We have already said that black & tan and ruby are the rarest colours in this breed. Now let’s talk about the other colours that it can present:
Tricolour Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
There are many Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with a three colour pattern called a tricolour. Dogs with this pattern generally have the following colours:
These colours are mixed throughout the body. White is usually the main colour, and on it, we can find black and tan spots. Sometimes black is the primary colour, but white is more common.
The ears and the area around the eyes are usually black, while the tan colour appears inside the ears, cheeks, the underside of the tail, and the eyebrows.
Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
The Blenheim colour consists of the combination of the white colour, which would be the base coat throughout the body of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and the tan or ruby colour that appears in the form of spots on various parts of the body.
These tan spots can appear in the middle of the forehead, above the ears, the area around the eyes, and other body parts.
Black & White Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
The body colour of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be completely black except for certain patches of white on the face, feet, and chest. On some occasions, we can find tan markings on some parts of the body.
White Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
The body of the canine will present a pure white colour throughout the body. Being an unofficial colour, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is considered not to be purebred. The white colour of this dog is due to the lack of pigment cells.
Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
The tan colour throughout the body of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is considered to be a shade of the red pigment pheomelanin. It is usually represented as a combination of ruby colour with a lighter intensity and a diluted red. A dog with this colour does not usually have spots on the body.
Merle Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
This pattern consists of irregular spots of both solid and diluted colour. The M-locus gene is the cause of this pattern not only in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel but also in other dog breeds. An interesting feature is that this gene can cause blue eyes in these dogs, but strange eye colours can appear at other times.
White Markings Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
The excess of white markings over partial colours in the coat of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is due to the Piebald gene. The most common places where these marks appear are: