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King Charles spaniel

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  1. a variety of the English toy spaniel having a black-and-tan coat.
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Origin of King Charles spaniel

First recorded in 1895–1900; named after Charles II of England from his liking for this variety
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British Dictionary definitions for king charles spaniel

King Charles spaniel

  1. a toy breed of spaniel with a short turned-up nose and a domed skull
  2. cavalier King Charles spaniel a similar breed that is slightly larger and has a longer nose
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Word Origin

C17: named after Charles II of England, who popularized the breed
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