Do you look like the King?

by Daniel Mackie January 10, 2013

painting of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

 

Well, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a smaller version of the king Charles spaniel. I wrongly thought that the breed was given its name because of its resemblance to Charles II, if you have seen a painting of him you might agree! However I was wrong! In fact King Charles II was so fond of his spaniels he could not be parted from them. He made a decree that “King Charles Spaniels” must be allowed in any public place, including the House of Parliament. This decree is apparently still in the law books today. So the dog was named “king Charles spaniel” because the King loved his dogs not because they looked like him.
I prefer the lookalike version!

In 2012 a study was presented at the annual meeting of the British Psychological Society. It found dog breeds reflect certain facets of their owners’ personalities. Toy dogs (a category with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fits) tended to be owned by open intelligent people who were also creative. This goes against the idea that toy dogs are owned by air heads.

In fact Isaac Newton owned at toy dog (a Pomeranian) and he was no slouch when it came to cognitive gymnastics! His dog was called Diamond, it was pretty smart as well. Apparently, the dog discovered two theorems in a single morning. Newton is quoted as saying, “one had a mistake and the other had a pathological exception. Isaac, it seems had a sense of humor as well!

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