All Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colours + Pictures

September 3, 2022

Boasting lovely wavy coats, and fun-loving personalities King Charles Spaniel are a great family pet.

If you are considering adding a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to your family you might be wondering which colour combinations this affectionate little dog comes in.

Well, there are only four official colours King Charles Spaniels are available in. This includes Ruby, Black and Tan, Blenheim, and Tri-Colour dogs. These colours range across a selection of coat styles including solid, parti-colour, and tri-colour. Each with its own unique appeal.

In this article, we will run over each type of King Charles along with pictures of what they look like and cover a few common questions.

Ready to see what these beautiful dogs look like? Let's get started!

Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

The ruby King Charles Spaniel is the only solid colour option that is part of the breed standard. Sometimes you might see this dog referred to as chestnut.

Ruby Cavaliers can be tricky to find as other coat patterns have been more popular leading to breeders focusing on those instead. A very beautiful dog!

Black and Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Black and Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This type of Cavalier King Charles is identifiable by its mostly black coat and tan markings spread over its coat.

The black and tan King Charles Spaniel is one of the least common colour combinations you will find that is accepted by the American Kennel Club. You might need a little patience if you want to have King Charles with the colours.

This style of coat is always made up of a black body with tan markings. Even though it is not a favourite of Spaniel enthusiasts, King Charles Spaniels with these colours are still very affectionate canine companions.

Tri-Colour Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Tri-Colour Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Tri-Colour King Charles Spaniel is characterised by its very colourful coat pattern. It will be made up of black, white, and tan. Usually, this will be mostly black and white with smaller patches of tan markings. White is often the primary colour though.

Cavaliers with these colours are fairly commonly found and very popular with pet parents.

Blemheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Blenheim King Charles Spaniels are the most common type of Spaniel you will find.

They have a predominantly white coat with ruby markings. The shade of ruby and the position of the marking do vary quite a bit with each dog making your Blenheim Cavalier quite unique.

King Charles Spaniels with these markings usually have a white muzzle with ruby or rich chestnut markings, often with a little colour on their forehead referred to as a "Blenheim Kiss".

If you quite like the appearance of the Blenheim coat and are searching for a King Charles Spaniel puppy it should be quite easy to find one.

Breed Standard Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colours

The four colours covered already are seen as the breed standard colours for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels by AKC. Those are ruby, black and tan, tri-colour, and Blenheim Spaniels.

While these recognised colours are the ones you will more commonly find there are a few others you may come across.

A few of the King Charles coats you could find include:

  • Black
  • White
  • Tan
  • Black and white
  • Chocolate
  • Merle

These colours of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be far more difficult to find and could be excluded from the AKC breed standard for a wide range of reasons. This could even be related to common health problems which may be the case with merle dog Cavaliers.


Still want to learn more about Cavalier King Charles Spaniel colours?

Here are a few answers to common questions people have about this beautiful dog's coat.

Which Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colours are Rarest?

Within the breed standard colours, the ruby Cavaliers and black and tan colours are the rarest types of coat patterns.

Of course, the full list of non-breed standard colours are also all quite uncommon. This is not to say it is impossible to find a dog with this colour combination, but it will require a bit more patience.

Which Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colours are Most Common?

The most popular Cavalier King Charles Spaniel coat is Blenheim. It is followed closely by the tri-colour Cavalier.

If you are looking for a King Charles puppy it is most likely you will find a pup with one of these coats.


So, there you have it, those are all of the different coat styles Cavalier King Charles Spaniels come in.

These coats span a wide range of styles from the incredible popular Blenheim Spaniels to the far less common (but no less pretty) ruby Cavaliers. It is really difficult to go wrong with this one!

One thought to keep in mind if you are trying to decide which colour of King Charles you would like is to make sure the parents are healthy as some of those colours won't be recognised due to health problems that could occur.

Allan  Noble
Hi, my name is Allan! I am the owner of Spaniel Advisor and I've got over seven years experience of owning Spaniels.  
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