Breed Group: Toy
Weight: Male: 8-14; Female: 8-14 lbs
Height: 10 inches
Color(s): Ruby-Solid Red, King Charles-Black & Tan, Blenheim-White/Red Markings, Prince Charles-White/Black & Tan Markings
The English Toy Spaniel breed began as a small sporting Spaniel highly favored by English royalty and named after King Charles II. Only in North America is the King Charles Spaniel referred to as the English Toy Spaniel. During the 1800's this breed was crossed with Oriental short-nosed dogs to produce the breed of today.
English Toy Spaniel's are the smallest of all Spaniel breeds. They are squarely built, compact, and sturdy. The two most distinctive features of the English Toy Spaniel are their short-nose and domed head. They exhibit a regal and dignified demeanor.
The English Toy Spaniel is affectionate, friendly, gentle, and charming. This breed is loyal, devoted, and completely content to be with their family. They do well with older considerate children and other pets. English Toy Spaniel's are very social, non-demanding, quiet, and ideal family companions.
The English Toy Spaniel requires regular brushing to keep shedding to a minimum. Bathing should be done when necessary using a mild shampoo. It is absolutely crucial to daily cleanse the ears and eyes of this breed. As a short-faced breed they have a tendency to snore and wheeze. They do not do well in hot and humid climates or in being overly-exerted. English Toy Spaniel's are prone to such health issues as heart disease, ear infections, slipped stifle, eye problems, and respiratory problems. This breed must be protected from extreme heat and cold.
The English Toy Spaniel has a profuse coat that is straight or slightly wavy, glossy, and silky in texture. There is heavy fringing on the body, chest, and ears with long feathering on all legs and feet. The English Toy Spaniel breed is an average shedder.
Socialization and basic obedience are recommended. The English Toy Spaniel breed is intelligent and eager to please. However, they may have a slight tendency to be willful. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.
The English Toy Spaniel requires very minimal exercise. They are well suited for apartment living. This breed is capable of meeting their exercise needs indoors, but does enjoy short securely leashed walks.
Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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