English Toy Spaniel Breed Information

English Toy Spaniel

The English Toy Spaniel has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

The English Toy Spaniel is believed to have roots in Japan and possibly China, but was largely developed in England. The English Toy Spaniel was first documented in England in 1570 where the breed was largely favored by royalty.

The English Toy Spaniel was bred without thought to a standard color and therefore many litters were produced with a variety of looks. As a result, the American Kennel Club today divides the English Toy Spaniel into four varieties based on color. The Blenheim has a rich mahogany red and white coat, the Prince Charles has a white coat with black and tan markings, the King Charles has a black and tan coat, and the Ruby has a rich mahogany red coat.

The English Toy Spaniel weighs 8 to 14 pounds and measures 9 to 11 inches.

Grooming Needs
The English Toy Spaniel has a long, soft coat with fringing along the body, chest and ears, and feathering on all four legs and feet. The English Toy Spaniel’s coat sheds moderately and requires regular grooming. The dog’s coat should be brushed and combed twice a week and bathed once a month. The coat does not need to be trimmed.

Like all dogs, the English Toy Spaniel also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The English Toy Spaniel is calm and cheerful.

The English Toy Spaniel is a sweet lapdog and companion that loves to give and receive affection. The English Toy Spaniel is gentle and laidback, preferring to cuddle rather than chase balls around the backyard. However, they can be clownish at times and even a little mischievous. For older, more considerate children, English Toy Spaniels can make great playmates.

The English Toy Spaniel is highly people oriented and friendly. They get along well with just about everyone, but need early socialization to prevent them from becoming shy or timid around new people and dogs.

Training Needs
The English Toy Spaniel has a slight stubborn streak, but is generally easy to train. The English Toy Spaniel is intelligent and eager to please. They respond best to fun, upbeat training and lots of positive reinforcement. English Toy Spaniels should always be treated with kindness and never given harsh correction as they are quite sensitive.

Activity Level
The English Toy Spaniel is a low-energy breed that does not need much exercise. Much of the English Toy Spaniel’s activity needs can be met with a good play session inside the home, but they should still have a short daily walk for their health.

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