View Full Version : Cavalier Colours

fuzzie bear
29th May 2005, 08:24 PM
Just as a matter of interest, can any colours of cavaliers breed ?

When I was first looking for a cavalier, I wanted a blenhiem and a ruby. I couldn't find two in the same litter anywhere.

Is it standard not to breed the two colours ??

29th May 2005, 09:50 PM
Some matings will produce both these colours in one litter but there's never any guarantee. I have found it really hard to find wholecolours in Ireland even though is seems half the dogs in my area are rubies!!

Here's a section of this site that offers a link to tables of which crossings can produce which colours in a litter:


BTW I hear there's a new little man in your life!! ;) Is it true you have the little tri? icon_banana

29th May 2005, 09:55 PM
Hah! Found the answer to my question:


Congrats! I am jealous! :lol:

I'd love a ruby...

fuzzie bear
30th May 2005, 08:44 AM
Is there a reason why sometimes the colours of ruby's and black and tans have white ?

I have a black and tan and she has white on her chest. Shes the most healthiest cavalier I've ever had and at 8 years old, shes never been sick.

Also, my new ruby has white on her nose.

Is this down to bad breeding of colours ??

Of course, we don't care as we love them anyway.... just curious....

30th May 2005, 10:28 AM
White is common, but considered mis-marking. I am sure someone else with more knowledge might jump in here but what I understand from breeder discussions on this that I've read, the white appears because of somewhere in the line, there are parti-colours (blenheims or tris) -- perhaps even a parent. Sometimes a bit of white comes through in a breeding. In general a wholecolour show dog would be preferred to have no white or very little white (see Nicki's pic of the gorgeous Teddy Edward!). But colour mismarkings are in general not held much against a dog that is excellent in other ways. Many champion wholecolours are mismarked with some white. I don't know a lot about showing but I think marking is possibly the least important aspect a judge considers -- or maybe that most judges consider.

25th June 2005, 11:53 PM
I am REALLY interested in a blenheim i dont' know why but i am loving the brown and white!! Karlin may i ask where did you get Jaspar?

26th June 2005, 12:02 PM
I'd love a blenheim too - there are about six in our neighbourhood and then there's Maxx and Charlie who lives up the road, they are both tri's and their markings are almost identical - they could almost be brothers LOL

Amazing really, I had such a job to even find a cavalier yet I heard on the radio the other day that there were more Cavaliers registered than any other dog last year!

26th June 2005, 12:37 PM
I've had all four colours over the years and blenheim will always be my first love. However, I do find that the characters in the wholecolours differ alot from the particolours. My biggest character over all the years I've had Cavaliers, is my present ruby boy Teddy. He has had so many health problems and yet still this character has shone through. He's a follower not a leader, but has such funny ways and looks that he melts your heart.
Although badly arthritic and sometimes only able to use three legs, he still manages to drop his ball at your feet and look for me to throw it'!
I admire him tremendously, he is such a stoical little chap.
The black and tans have big characters too, although I've only ever owned a quiet, cowed rescue girl. Once she was secure though she let her hair down occasionally.
Warm wishes,