The “Thumbprint” or “Lozenge”

Under my thumb
The squirmin’ dog who’s just had her day
Under my thumb
A girl who has just changed her ways
It’s down to me, yes it is….

Wait, sorry, we got carried away. And now we’ll have THAT tune in our heads all day. What we really wanted to talk about is the legend surrounding the Blenheim King Charles Spaniel‘s white “lozenge” on their forehead, also called “thumbprints.” As the story goes, when the Duke of Marlborough fought in the battle of Glenheim in 1704, his worried wife clutched her spaniel for comfort and left her thumbprint on his forehead, a mark passed on to future generations.

The Pekingese, too, has a similar legend, this spot said to be the mark of Buddha’s thumbprint. We’ve used a painting by Dottie Dracos to illustrate this, but if you have a photo of your dog, we’d love to see it in the comments section below!

King Charles Spaniel by Dottie Dracos

21 thoughts on “The “Thumbprint” or “Lozenge””

  1. Rocky 4 years 3month old boy not fixed love him to death he weres the pants

  2. The true king Charles cavalier spaniel blemhine with the thumbprint of royalty handsome man at that to 🙂

  3. My two-week old purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with her legendary thumbprint.

      • Thanks! She’s my first dog, it was love at first sight, and I consider her my adopted daughter.

  4. I just had a litter and too my surprise I have A Two Puppies with the Desired Thumb print

    • How marvelous, Cyndi! We can almost smell puppy breath from here, lucky you.

  5. My princess gem (yes she is named gem) with the thumbprint in the shape of a diamond on her head.

  6. This is Cleo, she is a beautiful Blenheim King Charles, and the sweetest soul I have ever encountered. She lives with our family in Virginia. Her thumbprint is her proverbial beauty mark.

    • Scott, she’s lovely, and that is indeed a beauty mark – or as we call it, the “kiss me here” spot

    • Oh how perfect, Marie, thanks for sharing her photo with us!

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