The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is accustomed to being something of a celebrity.
These dogs were popularised by King Charles I, his son King Charles II and Queen Victoria during the 18th and 19th century.
While they’ve experienced some setbacks over the last couple of centuries, the CKCS remains one of the most popular breeds in the world.
Celebrities such as Courtney Cox, political leaders Ronald Regan and Margaret Thatcher and the Queen’s sister Margaret have all owned Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Unsurprisingly, they have made quite the wave on social media – too. Here is helloBARK’s list of 10 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels to follow on Instagram.
You can follow our dogs Copper and Skye on Instagram here (@lifewithkleekai).
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1) Nessa the Cavalier @nessathecavalier (50,000 followers)
If you’re looking for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a big Instagram following, look no further than Nessa the Cavalier (@nessathecavalier). With over 50,000 fans on the social network, Nessa may be the self-proclaimed tiniest Cavalier but sure has a big following. Based between Philadelphia and New York, Tessa has beautiful, fluffy ears that are impeccably groomed. Boasting big and inviting brown eyes, it’s easy to see why this lady has so many fans.
Fun fact: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were a favourite of King Charles II of England. Hence the name!
2) Pixel the Cavalier @cavalierpixel (13,000 followers)
Another digital princess with a substantial following on Instagram is Pixel the Cavalier (@cavalierpixel). Given this pup isn’t even one (at the time of writing), her following of 13,000 is impressive. However, a quick glance through her profile explains why this pupper is a social star. From a grand champion bloodline, Pixel has gorgeous eye and lush ears. This Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has beautiful colourings. Her two dads have put together a profile full of adorable photos of Pixel at home and exploring New York City.
Did you know? The 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, was reponsible for the chestnut and white Cavalier King Charles Spaniels earning the name Blenheim. He was particulary found of the red and white CKCS and named his residence the Blenheim Palace after his great military victory in the Battle of Blenheim. He is also a descendant of Winston Churchill.
3) Penny the Cavalier King Charles @pennycav (10,300 followers)
Swapping the east coast of American for the sunny west coast, Penny the Cavalier King Charles (@pennycav) is based in California. This chestnut and white pup has nearly 11,000 followers on Instagram. Her hobbies include squirrel chasing and running on the beach. Nearly four years old, Penny has ambitions to become an agility and therapy dog. Her gorgeous ears are enough to make anyone swoon, with a gentle wave pattern.
Fun fact: There are four different varieties of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are the Prince Charles or tri-colour, the King Charles or black and tan, the ruby or rich mahogany and Blenheim or chestnut and white.
4) Boris the Cavalier @boris.king.charles (47,000 followers)
Leaving the United States and moving to Europe, next on our list is Boris the Cavalier (@boris.king.charles). Based in the Netherlands, Boris has over 45,000 followers who love to see his daily adventures on the photo-sharing app – and it’s easy to see why. Our first member of the Prince Charles/tri-colour variety to appear on our list, Boris is nearly two years old. This handsome pup also goes by the name “little B”.
Did you know? Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can live between nine and 14 years. The average life of these dogs tends to be around 10 but some healthy members of the breed can surpass 14 years.
5) Lady Takes Sweden @ladytakessweden (12,400 followers)
Next up is a six-year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel based north of the Netherlands. Based in Malmo, Sweden, Lady Takes Sweden (@ladyatakessweden) is our first representative from the ruby variety of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Her gorgeous red coat will leave you mesmerised. With charming fluffy ears and a luscious chest hair, Lady is a beautiful example of a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. With over 12,000 followers on Instagram, Lady loves to pose for a portrait photo.
Fun fact: The Cavalier King Charles Club USA states that the average price of puppy is between $1800 and $3500. This price can vary from breeder to breeder, while other factors such as bloodline and conformation can affect the cost of a CKCS pup.
6) Denver and Oakley @denverandoakley (10,000 followers)
We’re at the halfway point of our social stars and it seems only right that we have our first double act. Not only that, but Denver and Oakley (@denverandoakley) are the first England-based Cavalier King Charles Spaniels to feature. They’re based in Norfolk and love to go for walks in the beautiful forests and beaches in the UK. They’ve got different coat colours to add some variety to their profile. Denver is from the Prince Charles/black and tan variety, while his partner in crime Oakley is ruby red. Nearly 10,000 people are checking out their adventures on Instagram.
Did you know? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are 20 times more likely to suffer from mitral valve heart disease than any other breed of dog. This occurs when one of the heart’s four valves deteriorates.
7) Charlie McDoge @charlie_mcdoge (2,600 followers)
Moving back across the Atlantic ocean, we have another tri-colour Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Charlie McDoge (@charlie_mcdoge). While Charlie may not have an enormous amount of Instagram followers, his aesthetically pleasing profile is sure to translate to more fans following his profile. The soon-to-be three-year old is based in Quebec City and appears to love the snow. His Instagram profile is awash with stunning photos of Charlie embracing Canada’s snow.
Fun fact: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels require daily exercise and weekly grooming. These dogs are great family pets but exercise is still important.
8) Lili & Dolly @lilidolly_cavs (1,000 followers)
Lili and Dolly (@lilidolly_cavs) are two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who know they’re just incredibly cute. Lilli is tri coloured and five years older than her ruby pal Dolly. Nearly 1,000 people are keeping track of their daily adventures and adorable photos, and we’re confident this following is sure to increase. Unashamedly spoiled by their owners (according to their profile at least), these Cavalier duo love to spend time together, whether it’s going for a walk in the woods or cuddling up on the same chair.
Did you know? This breed make great companion dogs and love to be in the presence of humans. They’re very affectionate and are often described as the quintessential lapdog. However, they can suffer from separation anxiety and don’t like to be left alone for long periods.
9) Sparkles the Cavalier @sparklesthecavalier (1,000 followers)
Our first Asian representative is Sparkles the Cavalier (@sparklesthecavalier). It wouldn’t be a CKSP list without featuring at least one representaive from Asia, given some Asian breeds were thought to have been mixed with this breed in the 19th century. Sparkles is a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel based in Singapore who is fed a raw food diet. Her mission is to make your life sparkle – and she does just that with her adorable photos on Instagram.
Fun fact: It has been claimed that these dogs were allowed to sleep with their royal masters in the bed to attract fleas and prevent the monarchs catching diseases centuries ago.
10) Hey little Louie @heylittlelouie (11,000 followers)
Last but not lease is Louie (@heylittlelouie), who is happy to declare himself the handsomest Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Who are we to argue? 11,000 people appear to agree on Instagram. Based in Colardo, United States, Louie is another chestnut and white member of the CKCS breed. His rich chestnut markings are breathtaking, while his big brown eyes will melt hearts.
Did you know? The American Kennel Club outlines that their sweet, gentle, melting expression as an important breed characteristic.