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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed Colors

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed Colors

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Cavalier King Charles smoothly combines elegance with cuteness and has done so for centuries. There are multiple different “looks” that this pup may have, four of which are the most common.

Some people have their preference for the coat of this adorable dog, while others love them no matter the shade.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies commonly come in four coat patterns. Two of these are called parti-color, and two of them are whole or full colors. Each coat pattern gives them a slightly different manner of expression and overall appearance.

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Due to their breeding history, the Blenheim parti-color variety is the most common coat found on a Cavalier.

The primary color of the body is pure white.

Their muzzle is also typically white and smoothly transitions in a blaze up their forehead.

Sometimes the white is broken up with a “Blenheim Kiss,” a blot of ruby or chestnut in the middle of the forehead.

The white is paired with chestnut or ruby markings across the body and over the ears. The exact shade depends on the breeding of the pup.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Tricolor Puppy

The other frequently occurring coat pattern on these little dogs is called Tri-color, accurately describing that three colors are mixed across the entire body of the dog.

Typically, white is the primary color over the body, although sometimes black will be.

This dog also has ruby or chestnut spots throughout the black.


Perhaps the best part of the coloring on this variety of the pup is the ruby-colored eyebrows that make it seem more expressive than other types.

Tricolor Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppies

Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The ruby, or chestnut, whole-colored or full-colored coat on this breed is more uncommon because their breeding has not been as pursued as the other, seemingly more expressive types.

These dogs are a solid shade of ruby across their bodies, sometimes with small white blemishes.

Black and Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy

The Black and Tan whole-colored or full-colored King Charles Cavalier pups are said to be the rarest of the coat colors accepted by the AKC.

Black and Tan pups typically have a black body that features tan highlights around the eyebrows, cheeks, underneath their tails, and sometimes inside their ears and on their legs.


Sometimes they have white markings on them, when bred to a parti-color.

Black and Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Not recognized by the AKC Confirmation Shows

The four colors mentioned above are the common coat colors for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, as well as the ones typically recognized by the AKC. Although other colors are elusive, they can still be found. These include:

  • Chocolate tricolor

  • Chocolate and tan

  • All black

  • Black and white

  • All white (Albino)

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