The breed became virtually extinct, until 1926 when Mr. Roswell Eldridge made a valiant effort to revitalize the breed. His efforts were successful and in 1928 there was the creation of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club. Years later, the breed was able to gain recognition by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1957 and by the United Kennel Club in 1980. However, due to the small population of dogs in the U.S., the Cavalier did not gain full breed recognition by the American Kennel Club until 1996 .
Appearance: The Cavalier has large, round, dark brown eyes and long, silky hair on their ears, tail, belly and legs.
Coat and Color: The coat comes in either: Red and White, jet black markings well broken up on a pearly white ground with rich tan markings over the eyes, on cheeks, inside the ears and on the underside of the tail; Ruby - which is a whole-coloured rich red; or Black and Tan - Jet black with rich, bright tan markings over the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest, legs and underside of tail.