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English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel



The English Toy Spaniel (also known as The King Charles Spaniel) was first seen in Europe during the 16th century. English Toy Spaniel was made famous by their association with King Charles II of England (1630–1685) and have been linked with English royalty since the time of Queen Mary I. In North America, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel became known as the English Toy Spaniel. Toy spaniels were given as gifts to European royalty. The English Toy Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kannel Club in 1886.

Height: 9-11 inches  Weight: 8-14 pounds  Lifespan: 10-12 years


The English Toy Spaniel is the smallest of the spaniel type. This dog has a short face, large expressive eyes, and a lovely feathered coat in striking colors. This dog breed shows his true royal lineage. Comparable Breed: Japanese Chin and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.


The English Toy Spaniel is sweet, kind, very friendly, affectionate and simply a charming dog. This faithful breed enjoys the company of family members, being primarily a lapdog. Toy Spaniels are known to be wonderful with children and other pets. This breed is very loving, undemanding, quiet dog. This sweet and gentle dog is proven to reduce stress and reduce heart attacks.

Coat / Care:

The coat is glossy, silky and can be straight or slightly wavy. Toy Spaniels have a thick and long “frill” on the torso, chest and ears, and more than long strands on the legs and feet. Shedding is of medium intensity. In order to minimize the hair loss, Toy Spaniels require regular brushing with a stiff brush. Bathe your dog only when necessary, using a mild shampoo, and make sure to clean its ears and eyes on a daily basis.

Health Problems:

Like all dogs with a short face, English Toy Spaniels often snore during sleep and wheeze while breathing. The most typical diseases include Heart Disease, Ear Infection, Dislocation Of The Knee, Eye Problems and Diseases of the Respiratory System. The English Toy Spaniel does not bear extremely warm or cold climates. The English Toy Spaniel has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

Weight / Height

The male English Toy Spaniel dog breed’s height is around 9 – 11 inches and weighs around 8 and 14 pounds. Female English Toy Spaniel dogs can reach a size from 9 – 11 inches and weighs between 8 and 14 pounds.


The English Toy Spaniel is a very clever dog. Although sometimes they can be stubborn and capricious, English Toy Spaniels are willing to please. These dogs need extensive exposure to people so they could learn how to be confident.


The English Toy Spaniel does not require special physical or mental boost and therefore is perfectly suited for a city apartment. Although it has enough space indoors, The English Toy Spaniel gets pleasure from short walks on a leash.

English Toy Spaniel

Quick Information

Other Names:King Charles Spaniel, Toy Spaniel, Prince Charles Spaniel, Blenheim Spaniel, Ruby Spaniel
Origin:United Kingdom
Average size: Small Size Dog Breed
Color:Red and White, Solid Red, Tricolor, Black and Tan
Energy Level:Average
Grooming:2-3 Times a Week Brushing
Barking Level:Low – When Necessary
Intelligence:Average – needs 30 to 45 repetitions
Personality:Friendly, Affectionate and Simply a Charming Dog
AKC Dog Ranking:Ranks 130 of 192
Good family dog:Yes, Excellent with socialization
Good with other dogs:Yes, Very good with socialization
Good with children:Low – socialization is essential
Good with strangers:Yes –  Good with socialization
Good apartment dog:Yes – this is an apartment dog

Photo Credit: ccho/Flickr

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