English Toy Spaniels have distinctive chipmunk cheeks and cheery demeanors. They make gentle and intelligent companions. Though they present themselves as dignified and regal, English Toy Spaniels can often be goofballs.
Originally from England, this small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 8-14 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Toy group.
|Breed's original pastime||Companion|
|Average lifespan||10-12 years|
|Bark factor||Rarely barks, if ever|
|Date of origin||1600s|
|Original function||Flushing small birds|
|Average size of male||Height: 10-11 Weight: 8-14|
|Average size of female||Height: 10-11 Weight: 8-14|
|Other name||King charles spaniel|
|Energy level||Low energy|
|Affection level||Somewhat affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Shy|
|Ease of training||Moderately easy to train|
|Protection ability||Very protective|
|Grooming needs||Moderate maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Low tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS AN ENGLISH TOY SPANIEL'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Cheerful and curious, these dogs have lovely personalities. English Toy Spaniels are alert and affectionate.
These playful dogs often make great family pets—they get along well with other dogs, other pets, and children. They can be shy with strangers though, so be sure to socialize them early and often.
WHAT IS ENGLISH TOY SPANIEL BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Are you looking for a lapdog? English Toy Spaniels want to be with you and will do best with owners who are often at home. They make great lapdogs when they get regular interaction and stimulation. English Toy Spaniels make for refined and polite housedogs.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN ENGLISH TOY SPANIEL?
English Toy Spaniels respond well to training. However small they are, they still have hunting instincts; this means they're not great candidates for off-leash play outside well-fenced areas.
Use patience, gentle persuasion, and positive reinforcement with this sensitive breed. A dog cookie reward never hurts, either. Socialize your English Toy Spaniel early to discourage shyness.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO ENGLISH TOY SPANIELS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
English Toy Spaniels have medium-length single coats that are flowy and silky and need weekly grooming. Plan to brush and comb your pup—especially his ears—at least twice a week to prevent matting. Bathe your furry friend about twice a month or so.
Be sure to check those gorgeous ears regularly; dirt and debris can contribute to infection. They are seasonal shedders.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO ENGLISH TOY SPANIELS HAVE?
This is a generally a robust breed. Some have been known to develop heart or eye disease and orthopedic issues.