English Toy Spaniel Daphne2

"Daphne Edwina"

My Very Heart

May 26, 1991 - September 9, 2001

"Sometimes when it gets dark enough,
you can see the Stars...."

Kis'n Krimson Kolleen
English Toy Spaniel

(Below Pedigree is 'jpeg' format)
Daphne's Pedigree

History of the Breed

The true origin of the King Charles English Toy Spaniel is lost in obscurity. The first written reference to the breed in England was 1570 and it looked very different with the muzzle pointed. It was during the reign of the two Charles's from 1625 to 1685 that the spaniel came into prominence. Charles II gave his name to his beloved toy spaniels; indeed the poor man seemed to be in constant trouble "for playing with his dogs all the while..." King James II, Charles' brother, obviously got his priorities right -- when shipwrecked off the Scottish coast in 1613 and compelled to abandon ship James ordered the crew: "Save the dogs," and as an afterthought, "and Colonel Churchill." (This Churchill later became Duke of Marlborough.) By issuing a Royal Proclamation King Charles commanded that all Toy Spaniels be granted entry everywhere in the British Empire -- shoppes, cafes, pubs, offices, etc. This decree is still in force!

Cross-breeding with the pug, Japanese chin and bull-dog allowed the development of the "apple" round head and flat face. Their small size and gentle loyal nature endeared these loving creatures to the English and French and allowed the breed to enjoy immense popularity during the Edwardian reign. The entire breed was almost lost in the Second World War being kept alive on a very small scale by one or two breeders -- it is from these lines that today's dogs have descended. Gaiety, sweetness of temper and undying devotion to their owners are the hall-marks of these enchanting little dogs. With their handsome appearance and lovable dispositions, this aristocratic little breed has charmed its way through history.

By the early nineteenth century the breed had evolved;to the present-day King Charles as we know it. By natural selection the face was shortened over a period of time. All four colours were established: the King Charles (black & tan); the Ruby (rich chestnut red); the Blenheim (has a ground of pearly white with bright rich chestnut or ruby-red markings distributed in large patches) and the Prince Charles (tri-colour has tan with markings in black instead of red on a pearly white ground).

The Royal Courts and Ducal houses all had their own strains of toy spaniels. The King Charles was one of the favourite subjects of the Victorian artists, and the sixteenth century Italian artists also used toy spaniels to embellish their work.

In 1885 a small band of devotees got together to form the Toy Spaniel Club. A sqabble ensued over the official name of the club and an appeal was made by powerful friends to the King himself. His Majesty Edward VII let it be known to the Kennel Club that he wished the Toy Spaniel Club in future to be known by its historic name of the King Charles Spaniel Club. The Kennel Club naturally bowed to his royal wish and the name was officially adopted.

Toy Dogs & Their Ancestors - 1911
by The Hon. Mrs. Neville Lytton

This extraordinary, invaluable out-of-print book includes
the history and management of Toy Spaniels,
Pekingese,Japanese Chins and Pomeranians

Click on the links below to Download 2 chapters and/or the
Entire Book Text in acrobat-.pdf format.
Mrs. Lytton's fascinating explanation of
the historical development of the Toy Spaniel is presented
in detail and well-documented to inform all Charlie patrons

Our thanks to the on Line Library Project
dedicated to scanning books for free, public web access.

  • Click here & download the Entire Book Text -
    Toy Dogs & Their Ancestors

  • Click here & download:
    Chapter II - Origin and History

  • Click here & download:
    Chapter III - The King Charles & Pyrame

    Note: published prior to 1923, this work is in the public domain,
    per Project Gutenberg - see website below:

  • 14-month Charlie Wall Calendar ©
    Nov 2007 - Dec 2008

    The Final Joyous Production!
    "The Pleasure of Their Company"

    Designed & Produced by Trish Halloran
    100% donated to Charlie Rescue Efforts!

    14 Stunning Original Pages of Beautiful Charlies!
    Exclusively Designed for this Charlie Calendar
    A Different Charlie Pictured on Every Page!
    2 Special Celebration Pages to Delight Charlie Lovers!

    Beloved Daphne Edwina

    Happiest of the Spaniel Race;
    Painter, with thy colours grace;
    Draw her forehead large and high,
    Draw her browne and humid eye;
    Draw her neck so smooth and round,
    Little neck with ribands bound;
    And the mutely swelling breast,
    Where the loves and Graces rest;
    And the spreading even back,
    CSoft, and sleek, and glossy black;
    And the tail that gently twines,
    Like the tendrils of the vines;
    And the silky twisted hair,
    Shadowing thick the velvet ear.

    (author: Swift c. 1700)

    "Kis'n Krimson Kolleen"

    *** Daphne's 5th Birthday Party!***

    click here for Frankie's friends!

    "Davidswood Earth Angel"

    Darling Francesca - 2 yrs old!!

    click here Marigold's world!

    "Chasen Catalina Coral"

    Beautiful Marigold!

    "Beloved Auntie Noree!"

    *** Frankie's Birthday Party - 4/99!**

    *** Kis'n Krimson Kolleen - 2 yrs!***

    better known as the Divine Miss Daphne, HERSELF!

    Locally, you can contact me, Trish Halloran Krokel,
    e-mail: trish@shasta.stanford.edu


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