The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed came over to the USA in 1952, and the first club was established in 1954. Around this time the breed rallied to be recognized by the AKC but was unsuccessful due to low breed numbers. Finally in January of 1996 the Cavalier became the 140th AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized dog breed!
Since the breed was first recognized the Cavalier has grown and prospered in popularity. Being particularly popular in the United Kingdom being in the top 10 most desirable breeds.