The Queen and Corgi Cafés
During the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II there was heightened interest in what was famously The Queen’s favourite dog, the Corgi.
You can read about my visit to Pop + Bark’s first Corgi Café held to widespread media interest and a fun follow-up Corgi Café I went to since.
Following the accession of The King there is now another breed with a current Royal association to celebrate!
The History of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The King Charles Spaniel originally got its name from its association with King Charles II who reigned in the 1600s and was constantly surrounded by his dogs.
It was later inter-bred with fashionable flat-faced breeds like the Pug and acquired a flatter nose and more domed-shaped head.
A 20th-century attempt to revive what some breeders saw as the original was called the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, as during the English Civil War supporters of the King Charles II were known as Cavaliers.
UK’s First Cavalier Café
I was excited to receive a discount ticket to this as a previous Pop + Bark attendee – I am now a ‘VIP Dog Petter’!
10% of ticket sales from this event were donated and shared between the Prince’s Trust and breed-specific charities.
I really liked the ‘Wonderland Carousel’ theme of the venue The Refinery Bankside.
Christmas Dog Treats
It’s always great to see Rudi’s The Doggy Bakery at these events with their exquisite dog cookies updated for the season.
Also there was Raven Imagery and The Crafty Dog Co.
The signature Pop + Bark Pupuccino bar was of course there to serve puppuccinos with a range of toppings.
The Dog Guests
This is a gentle and affectionate breed so this event had a very sweet and relaxed atmosphere!
More Information on Cavaliers and King Charles Spaniels
I really enjoyed this great event and writing up this blog post which included learning some Dog History!
Cavaliers are wonderful dogs and a great family pet.
Sadly, they do suffer from many serious and painful hereditary diseases so it’s important to be aware of this.
There is really good information from Cavalier Matters and Bliss Cavalier Rescue.