"What is the use of a book" thought Alice,
"without pictures or conversations?"
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carol

And for those of you with a truly evil sense of humour:
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

This page is dedicated to the memory of Barnaby, my Cavalier friend and companion, who was very fond of paper in many forms, but fortunately never ate any books.

A Cavalier Bibliography

Here follows a list of some of the Cavalier books that are available. Lots of them have pictures, some have conversations, some are purely for fun, and all of them are full of information.

Serious Books Fun Books! Miscellaneous Books Magazines Suppliers

Serious Books

All about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels by Evelyn Booth
Pelham Books, 1983.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Susan Burgess
K and R Books, 1975.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: a Complete Pet Owner's Manual by Caroline Coile
Barron's, 1998; ISBN 0 7641 0227 3

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Beverly Cuddy
TFH Publications (through pet shops), 1995.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels - An Owner's Companion by John Evans
Crowood Press, 1990.
John Evans is one of the owners of the famous Alansmere Aquarius.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.by Bruce Field
Hale, 1995; ISBN 0 7090 5644 3

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Lady Mary Forwood
Hutchinson, 1967.
Information for both breeder and family pet owner.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: A New Owners Guide to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels by Meredith Johnson-Snyder
T.F.H. Piblications, 1999?; ISBN 0 7938 2804 X

Toy Dogs and Their Ancestors by the Hon Mrs Neville Lytton
Duckworth, London, 1911

Your First Cavalier by Barbara McKenzie
Maypole Press, 1984; ISBN 0 9507792 3 7

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Norma Moffat
Howell Books Inc, March 2000; ISBN: 1582451257 (Hardcover)

The Royal Toy Spaniel by Alicia Pennington
Ringpress Books, 1989.

The Toy Breeds by Margaret Sheldon and B. Lockwood
Pelham, 1970.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in North America by Barbara Garnett Smith
Cascade Publications, 1998; ISBN 0 96629850 0
An informative book by a long-time breeder, exhibitor, and judge, illustrated by the talented Betty Turner
Order direct from Barbara's website.

Complete Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. (Book of the Breed Series) by Sheila Smith
Ringpress Books, 1995; ISBN 1 86054 025 2

How to Raise and Train a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Elizabeth Spalding
U.S.A., T.F.H. Publications, Inc., 1965.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels by Eildh M Stenning
Foyles, 1964.
Mrs Stenning was the first author to write on Cavaliers.

Pet Owner's Guide to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Ken Town
Ringpress Books, 1997; ISBN 1 86054 011 2
An excellent book for all new Cavalier owners!

The Complete Book of Toy Dogs by C G E Wimhurst
Putnam's Sons, 1969 (2nd ed)

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Margaret Workman
Kingdom, 1999; ISBN 1 85279 095 4
This is a marvellous book for anyone interested in the development of the breed and contains many unique photos of many of our early Cavaliers.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Champions, Volume 1 1928 - 1988
Avaliable from the UK CKCS Club. (Out of Stock but reprinting for 2000)
Photograph and three generation pedigree of British Champions

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Champions, Volume 2 1989 - 1994
Avaliable from the UK CKCS Club.
Photograph and three generation pedigree of British Champions

These last two books how now been combined and updated into one volume:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Champions 1928-1999
Fourth edition. Avaliable from the UK CKCS Club.
Photograph and three generation pedigree of British Champions

Interpretation of the Breed Standard (illustrated)
Avaliable from the UK CKCS Club.
Booklet explaining and elaborating on the Kennel Club Standard.

Cavalier Club Yearbooks
Avaliable from the UK CKCS Club.
There are limited stocks of the following years:
1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1990, 1987, 1986

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Fun Books!

Paws for Thought by Abigail (a Cavalier, with the help of Maureen Melvin)
Chapmans, 1990.
Life seen through the eyes of a doggy poet, with cartoon illustrations by Geoff Crook.

And thanks to Adam Curtin for telling me about three more Abigail books:
He thinks that from the words in the last book (Paws Forever) that sadly Abigail has died.

Paws Again,
Orion Publishing Group/Chapmans Publishers, 1991 (O/P); ISBN 1 85592 561 3

Paws for Pasta
Orion Publishing Group/Chapmans Publishers, 1992; ISBN 185592 629 6
Abigail shares her talents as a cook in her new collection of illustrated verse!
Paws Forever
Orion Publishing Group, 1993; ISBN 1 85592 682 2
Abigail proposes to raise money for charity and also takes the opportunity to introduce her two young protegees, Annabel and Alice.

One Stormy Night by Ruth Brown
Puffin Books, 1997; ISBN 0 14 056229 X
Beautifully illustrated gentle ghost story about a little Cavalier. Originally published by Andersen press, UK, in 1992.

Cavalier Named Charlie and his Friends by Shirley J Bunker
Avon Books, 1994; ISBN 1 897960 37 9

Gladwyn Goes to Town by Paul Callen
Details given in Evelyn Booth's book.
Childrens book about a Corgi who meets some Cavaliers.

Daisy and the Dog Show by Anne Kelley, illustrated by Metin Salih
Barron's Educational Series, 1985; ISBN 0 8120 5640 X
and Daisy's Discovery
Two children's books with great illustrations.
Thanks to Weilin Cheng Pittman and Oliver for emailing me about these!

Top Dog: a Cavalier View of the English (as told to Fernand Auberjonois) by C.M. McMuck (a Cavalier) of Bucklesham Hall
Debretts Peerage Ltd, 1980; ISBN 0 905649 39 7

Ever Your Affectionate Florrie: Letters from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to Her Two Mistresses by Susan Paine and Gill Evans
Turret Books, 1993. ISBN 0 9521146 0 7

Taffy and Tuffy text and photographs by Mildred Seybert and Lyla Olson
Including a "Tribute to a Dog" by Helen Keller; published by the D. Appleton-Century Company, New York, 1st Edition 1942 (out of print)

Hide-and-Seek Puppies by Roy Volkmann
A Doubleday Book for Young Readers Published by Random House, Inc., 2000
ISBN 0-385-32706-4
This is an adorable book with full page photos of Anne Eckersley-Robbins' Chadwick Cavalier puppies.

Corneel the Cavalier as told by Corneel to Janet York and Rosemary Carroll. Original photography by Rosemary Carroll
Petpourri Publishers LLC, 2000 ISBN 0-9677177-0-1

Corneel at The Plaza Janet York and Rosemary Carroll. Original photography by Rosemary Carroll.
Petpourri Publishers LLC, 2001 ISBN 0-9677177-1-X

Listen to the Nightingale by Rumor Godden.
Viking, Published by the Penguin Group, 1992 ISBN 0-670-84517-5
Wonderfully sweet children's book about a young girl whose entire world was ballet until she found a Cavalier puppy.

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Cavaliers Online! Editor/Publisher: Roxy A Hayes
US Library of Congress; ISSN: 1524-721X
A weekly email newsletter for Cavalier lovers.
To subscribe: send email to cavaliersonline-subscribe@onelist.com or visit the CavaliersOnline website to sign up.

Cavalier Quarters was a free monthly ezine devoted to CKCS and the people who love them, but is sadly now defunct. Limited access to some articles is available via the Internet Archive's WayBack Machine!

The Royal Spaniel Magazine is the first and only publication in the USA devoted to the Cavalier King Charles and English Toy Spaniels. A quarterly magazine with full colour, laminated covers, it contains articles and photographs that will appeal to all lovers of these wonderful little Spaniels.

Published by Michael Allen, 14531 Jefferson St. Midway City, CA 92655, USA.
Subscription: $45.00 first class - $60 overseas mailed as printed matter - $80 foreign mailed by air; sample copy $10.

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Miscellaneous Books

Amice Pitt: a History compiled by Fiona Bunce
Avaliable through the UK CKCS Club.
A small pamphlet compiled for the 20th Amice Pitt Rally, August 1998; biography, anecdotes and photos of one of our most influential Cavalier breeders.

Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria by Carolly Erickson
Robson Books, 1997; ISBN 1861050798

The Life and Times of Charles II by Christopher Falkus
Orion Publishing Group/Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1988; ISBN 0297831658

The Dog's Tail: a History of Man's Best Friend by Lloyd Grossman
ABC Books, 1993; ISBN 0 563 36353 3
Published to accompany the BBC TV series of the same name, first broadcast in autumn 1993. Lavishly illustrated, and has a number of pictures of Cavaliers.

The Romanovs, the Final Chapter by Robert K.Massie
published by Random House of New York.
With thanks to Jeanne Eklund in Florida for telling me about this one; a harrowing and vivid description of the slaughter of both the family and Anastasia's small Cavalier Jemmy. She quotes:
Page 4: "The youngest and smallest daughter, Anastasia, held her pet King Charles spaniel, Jemmy."
Page 6: "When the family lay in the back of the truck, covered by a tarpaulin, someone discovered Anastasia's small dog, its head crushed by a rifle butt. This little body was tossed into the truck."
Page 10: "Finally, at the bottom of the pit, mangled but unburned, the investigators found the decomposed corpse of Anastasia's spaniel, Jemmy."

Dog Painting 1840-1940 by William Secord
Antique Collectors Club, London, 1992 (1998); ISBN 1 85149 139 2
A social history of the dog in art, with many coloured plates featuring Cavaliers and their ancestors.
Cornelia Tegart in Canada recommends this one: "It is expensive, but it is beautiful! Cavalier lovers will LOVE this!"

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Bookshops and Suppliers on the Web

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club has most of the standard Cavalier texts available for sale by post from their bookshop.

Visit Canine Cornucopia for Out of Print and Rare Cavalier Books.

Amazon has a good selection of Cavalier books at reasonable prices.

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If I have missed any books that you consider should be here, please let me know and I will add them to my future lists.

With grateful thanks to those of you who over the years have helped compile this list, including most recently Weilin Cheng Pittman and Carol Richards.

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