K - King Charles Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
I don't thing I have ever seen either of these dogs and had to refer to a dog book to establish which was which, Even now I am not sure when I look at the photos/pictures that I've found, The breed probably originated in Japan but has been made famous by its association with King Charles II (1630-1685)
|King Charles Spaniels on Great S Bay, Long Island|
(By David Shankbone - CC BY-SA 3.0)
King Charles and Cavalier King Charles appear in many paintings. One of my favourites shows two King Charles disputing the ownership of what looks like a parasol.
|King Charles Spaniels - A Dispute|
by Benno Adams (1812-1892)
I guess it is only right that I should include a painting from the Royal Collection.
|King Charles II of England with his spaniel|
by Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)
Other Royalty who owned spaniels included Princess Victoria of Kent (later Queen Victoria) whose dog was named 'Dash'. The Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia's dog was 'Jimmy.'
However Mark Twain called a painting which included a King Charles, "the foulest; the vilest; the obscenest picture that the world possesses." In view of that I'll just show the detail cropped from the Google Art Project,
|Detail from the Venus of Urbino |
by Titian 1538
Despite all these paintings modern media enables us to see a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy named Lacey encountering a mirror for the first time
Video by jelene (Jelene Morris) - CC BY 2,0