Angus, Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Angus sunbathing!
Angus sunbathing! | Source

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


The history of this charming and beautiful breed dog can be traced back to the 15th century. At that time, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was the most favorite kind of dog for the Kings and Queens in England. It was common for the royalties and their families to have these dogs as a member of the family. Even painters like Tizian, Gainsborough, Reynolds and some others were including Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in their paintings.


Some people believed that the ancestors of Spaniels came from Spain but it was King Charles 11(Stuarts Regency 1603-1714) who had given this name.


4 Types of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:


  1. Blenheim---------- red and white color ( first breeded in Blenheim Castle, England)
  2. Ruby- --------------a red brown color
  3. Black and Tan----black and brown color
  4. Tricolor------------ black, white and brown


Characteristics:


  1. Friendly
  2. Intelligent
  3. Affectionate
  4. Devoted
  5. Playful
  6. Cheerful

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Book

Angus, a few months old.
Angus, a few months old. | Source

Angus in Ireland

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Angus in our living room in Carne Rock, Belmullet.In our garden.Angus with my friend Celia in Erris Head, Belmullet.Angus in Carne beach.Angus in Carne beach.
Angus in our living room in Carne Rock, Belmullet.
Angus in our living room in Carne Rock, Belmullet. | Source
In our garden.
In our garden. | Source
Angus with my friend Celia in Erris Head, Belmullet.
Angus with my friend Celia in Erris Head, Belmullet. | Source
Angus in Carne beach.
Angus in Carne beach. | Source
Angus in Carne beach.
Angus in Carne beach. | Source

Visit to the Breeder


It was four years ago when my husband told me, he wanted to have a dog as a Christmas present for himself. I was at first speechless specially when he told me how much it costs. I told him what disadvantages he had to think about. He had to go out more often as he wanted to for the dog has to do his business outside the house and I´ll not be the one who will do it. He said it´s his dog so he´ll do it. Besides that he has the reason to go out of the house and walk with the dog and that he will be forced to have an exercise.


Said and done.We ordered our pet from the breeder of Cavalier at Unicorncastle here in Germany. Asterix was his name by the breeder but we changed him to Angus. Angus, that´s the royalty name I choose for him before we drove to the house of the breeder to collect the dog we like. Angus has three siblings, Arielle, Aladin and Attila. They were born on January 03, 2007. There were other people in the breeders house, like us to collect their coming pet. We were sitting in the living room, Angus on my lap. He was so cute and so lovely that I immediately fell in love with him. He is a Blenheim and he has a brown heart form on his forehead. We brought him home with his Passport, vaccination paper, an album with photos as a puppy with his siblings and parents and other important papers.


Everything was prepared at home for Angus. His bed, food and a place where he can pee for he was not trained yet.. It was like having a new baby at home. The difference was, it was my husband who was taking care and training him to make his business outside the house. The first night at home, Angus was crying. I did not know what to do so I woke my husband up. My husband got up and carried him on his lap until he was quiet, stayed and slept with Angus in that room. Very caring I should say.


A few days and weeks later, he got used to us. He walked around and inspected our flat. He was and still is very playful and curious of everything. He loved to play with me and running around our flat. He has found out that it´s cosy for him to sit on my lap for I automatically massage his head. One night when my husband had to go away for an hour or two, I was in our living room watching our telly when suddenly Angus was running around moaning. He was looking for my husband. For the first time I saw him jumping from our couch to our window sill, which is at least 1 meter high, now sobbing. He was looking stressfully at every person who passed our house. At first I did not understand what´s going on. But then I realised Angus was crying for his boss was not at home. He stayed there in our windowsill until my husband came back.


The coming of Angus into our lives was not only a change for himself but also a change for me for I did not have any idea how to treat a dog. My parents have always dogs in the Philippines but we treated them differently than the people here in Europe. The dogs in my home country don´t have any extra food to eat. They eat the leftovers of the family they are in, if they have. They are sometimes maltreated if not eaten by the Filipinos. Maybe, It´s different nowadays since I left my home country 30 years ago. But still, I find that eating meat dog horrible.


As times went by, I learned a lot in taking care of our pet. Angus is very devoted to us especially to my husband. It bothered him much when his boss is gone for an hour. When I went away for work or shopping, it did not bother him when and if I´m coming home but he is happy and give me a sign of "up here" when I came back. He looked at the door when he heard the music of our Tageschau (8 o´clock news in German TV) and waiting for me to come in and greated me with a smile and jumped towards me.

Winter

Winter in Germany with Angus.
Winter in Germany with Angus. | Source

Angus in Ireland


When we transferred to Ireland, Angus was with us. He was 12 hours inside our car in the ferry going to England for he was not allowed to stay in our cabin and 3 hours in our car inside Irish ferry. A steward who was encharged of the cars parking deck was seeing him every now and then. He was so brave. Imagine the noise of the ships´engine! He was always with us, travelling to amazing landscapes in Ireland, driving an hour just to go shopping in Ballina or in Castlebar. Even to collect me from work...


Angus is a quiet dog, he seldom barks even when other dogs are barking towards him. He just ignores them. Just the way he was trained by my hubby. One thing that Angus can not resist...The smell of fried chicken. He loves it very much that he kept on sniffing near the oven. He knows. He´ll be having a good dinner...He loves tomatoes and cucumber, too.


Summer time in Ireland was good for him. I used to stroll with him on the beach and sometimes collecting wild berries which were growing beside the street of Carne Rock church. He loves sunbathing and that is weird for me for I have not heard of any dog sunbathing. At wintertime, he was a great help to me when it was so freezing cold that I let him sit on my lap to keep us both warm. At nighttime, he was allowed to sleep in his box in the living room, near the open fire. Angus was also freezing.


Life without Angus


Life without Angus is unthinkable for us now. He is like our child that I sometimes mistakeably called him with the name of my son. Life without us is also a terrible thing for him. It will be a great loss of both sides.

Angus
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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

I had a cocker spaniel when I was a kid. They are wonderful , but you know that don't you? I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Reynold Jay! Thank you for your inspiring comment and being a new fan to me. Yes, I know now how lovely dogs like cocker spaniel and cavalier king charles are. They are really wonderful and easy to handle.


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland

I love dogs...yours is very cute. It is nice to have a dog as part of your every day life...a very special emotion to feel and comfort you in any ways. I love mein too...she is an Eurasian, i have writen a hub about her, something special to all our dogs.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for your comment carolp . You are right about dogs. They bring some feelings on us that we did not know before. Your Eurasian dog is beautiful as well.


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suejanet 5 years ago

I also have a sweet little dog who is such a comfort and brings so much job to my life. Mine is a little maltese girl. They are so sweet.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Hi suejanet. Is your maltese girl your profile photo? She looks so lovely! Yes, they bring us comfort especially when we are down. Thanks for your stopping by.


Sarah  5 years ago

Das Bild von Angus als er noch klein war ist echt zum knutschen :)


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Sarah. Angus is really wonderful. Please write your comment in english next time for it is only english language allowed in Hubpages. Thanks again;-)


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Thelma thank you for sharing a little of Angus with us.

I am a great lover of animals of all kinds.

However I think that my favourites are indeed dogs.

They are so loyal and give so much happiness and the least we can do in return is to make sure that they have enough loving and caring all the way through their lives.

I must admit that I did not know much about the King Charles Spanlels, so this one was a treat.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

You are welcome Eiddwen.Yes,dogs are really loyal. They bring us much joy. I could not imagine our life now without Angus. Thank you for giving comment and following me.


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leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

What a beautiful dog. We have a Golden Retriever and love him to pieces. I call him my fur-child! We lived in Ireland for a year - in Bray (Co. Wicklow). I miss the summers (but not the incessant rain in the fall, lol)! Carne beach is just gorgeous.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you leahlefler for your stopping by and on commenting my hub. Yes, Angus is beautiful. Golden Retriever is also a lovely dog. Bray is a lovely place to live like many other places in Ireland. Thanks again.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

You have a wonderful hub here. Your King Charles is totally gorgeous.

It was years ago that I used to go to Munich about twice a year, my boyfriend then had a court case going on in Munich.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you writer20. Yes, Angus is gorgeous and a quiet dog. Thanks for stopping by and for your follow. I hope you can visit Munich again as there is always ( I think) changes every year.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

He really is beautiful. Your hub is a lovely description of life with Angus--such a big name for a little dog! :)


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks RTalloni. Yes, Angus is a lovely dog. My husband wanted to name him William Wallace (Brave Heart hero)from Scotland, lol but I said no. Angus is a fine scotish name I choose for him. Thanks for your reading and commenting on my hub.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Angus is so precious. And I enjoyed this hub so much. Beautiful photos. And in the picture of Angus "walking upright" with your friend - how does he do that?

I can't bear to think of life with out my Clancey ( Shih Ztu ). He has been my boy now for 11 yrs.

I had to vote this hub UP and straight across! Thanks.

vocalcoach~


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Hi vocalcoach! Thanks for stopping by. Angus was looking for my husband when he was "walking upright" and I was lucky to have the camera with me at the right time.

Yes, life without our pet is hard to think of since they become our friend and a member our our family. Thanks again.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a beautiful dog! If I ever get another dog I want one of these or a Corgi. When I was young I had a mutt mixed with Spaniel. She was the sweetest, most loving lap dog. He couldn't be any cuter!


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Your dog is very beautiful. I also couldn't imagine life without my Chinese Crested, Sookie.

Voted up and more!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for stopping by Tammyawallow! I Corgi is also a lovely dog and it´s a beautiful dog. Have a nice day!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Nice to meet you jennzie! Thank you. Angus is really beautiful. Your Sookie must be lovely, too. I wish to see his/her photo. Thanks for stopping by.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Cavaliers are beautiful, smart dogs, indeed. A good friend of my mothers used to have 4 of them, and she took them to dog shows, and won many ribbons and trophies. One of them earned the CDX award, (Companion Dog, Excellent) which represents the highest level of good training a dog can have. It means they obey to only hand signals, as well as spoken commands, and have learned many complex tasks.

You are obviously very attached to your pup, in spite of the fact that it was your husband who initially wanted a dog. It is amazing, how our pets work their way into our hearts and become full members of the family.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, Cavaliers are beautiful and smart dogs. They are very easy to pleased. I wish I will have another one more cavalier as a companion for Angus. I love Angus the way I have not experienced before. He´s like a son to be taken care of. I never thought I would feel like this to a puppy. I have inherited the love of an animal from my husband. Thanks for stopping by DzyMsLizzy. Have a great week!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great interesting hub and it was so nice to learn more about these beautiful doge and to get to know Angus better has well. You have a very beautiful dog and loved all the great photos of him .

Vote up and more !!!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi kashmir! Thanks for stopping by and for giving a nice comment. I appreciate that. Have a great week!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Thelma Alberts...It was a delight to read your Hub and learn more about the Cavalier. Your Angus was a very handsome fellow!

I relate to your loss of him. My female Newfoundland, Ebony, passed away in 2009, but now I have a Border Terrier mix, 103 pounds lighter than Eb was! Quite a difference in breed, but not in the committed love and loyalty all dogs bring to "owners" who love them and give them a special place in their lives.

I am happy for you that you learned to have a wonderful relationship with a dog after experiencing a difficult attitude in a different culture.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Barbsbitsnpieces!

My Angus is a very handsome fellow and he´s kicking alive. Thanks God for that. I´m sorry that you have lost your dog Ebony. I´m always scared that something bad might happen to my pet as he´s living now in a country where people ( some ) eat dog meats. Horrible! I know. I don´t like those kind of people. Thanks for stopping by and for giving a wonderful comment. Have a great weekend!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Thelma Alberts...Just wanted to apologize to Angus for my misinterpretation of tenses and express my joy that he is alive and kicking!

Thank you for your thoughtfulness concerning my Ebony. She was a great companion. I am lucky in that I found a new (little) sweet pea in Cee-Cee in 2010 and we celebrated two years together on October 13. She's the subject in my Part II Cee-Cee of my series "The Dogs in Our Lives".


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Barbsbitsnpieces 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Thelma Alberts...Just wanted to post again to apologize to Angus for my misinterpretation of tenses! I'm happy to know he's alive and kicking!

Keep up the good work in the way of appreciating and caring for animals who give us so much in return for a good home.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

It´s alright Barbsbitsnpieces. I know you have misinterpreted it. It happened to me sometime ago. I´m glad you have your Cee-Cee now. Thanks for coming back. Have a lovely weekend! I´ll be checking your hubs right away.


Mimie 3 years ago

Hello , I just read your article about how to bring your dog to Philippines. It is really a great help for me and my husband because we plan to have a short vacation in the Philippines next year in December 2013 and we plan to bring also our pet , a small dog .. Bolonka Zwetna. She is only 3 kilos ...We need also any information how to bring back our dog here in Germany .. Maybe you can tell me how to do it.. Thank you so much. Your website help us a lot. God bless you and more power..


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Mimie! Thanks for reading my hub. It´s great that I could help you with bringing your dog to the Philippines, but I´m sorry to tell you that I don´t have any idea yet how to bring back Angus to Germany. If and when I know, I´ll write about it. If your vacation to the Philippines is short, I would advice you to leave your pet to someone who can take care of him/her in Germany as it would be stressful for your pet to adjust the climate in the Philippines. The flight is too long for him/her to bear and when the time comes to return to Germany is another stressful hours again for your pet. If I were you, I ask first the German association for animal transport about what you need for the flight of your dog from the Philippines. To be sure. Angus is living now in the Philippines. It´s only me and my hubby whose flying to and from 2 other countries. Thanks for your visit. Happy New Year 2013!


ivana yarra chou 3 years ago

hi, i love you hub. and i really like to have one. but, it's really to have one here in the philippines, they are rare here.. :(


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Ivana. I know how rare this kind of dog is in the Philippines. I have not seen one since I brought Angus here;-( Have a great week!


Giacomo 22 months ago

At last! Someone with the insight to solve the prbleom!


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much Giacomo. Sorry for the late reply. Have a lovely weekend!

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