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English Toy Spaniel

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Purebred Star Blog Series

The adorable English Toy Spaniel can be demanding, but their big, soulful eyes will melt your heart.

The English Toy Spaniel is also widely known as the King Charles Spaniel and was a favorite among the British Royalty. Their small size was not ideal for hunting, making them more of companion breed. Although they were bred strictly for companionship, they still display the spaniel hunting traits of their ancestors.

Small Dog Syndrome is NO laughing matter

The English Toy Spaniel can easily develop a "big dog" attitude if there are no rules established. This occurs when the pet-parent has "humanized" the dog, allowing it to run the household with no rules or obedience training.

Small Dog Syndrome involves behavioral issues, including: excessive barking, nipping, jumping, in-door marking, resource guarding, and so many more. These behaviors are often overlooked with smaller breeds because many people think small dogs aren't as annoying or dangerous as big dogs. Sadly, these behaviors are not "cute" or desired in any dog. Positive training methods and early socialization will help this little breed be the "King" of their domain in a respectful way.

Great with Kids and Dogs

Typically, the English Toy Spaniel does very well with other dogs and children as long as they are properly socialized at a young age. However, this little breed will not tolerate children that are overly rambunctious.

They have no problem alerting their families to visitors. They're not typically yappy, but if allowed to use their voice often, they certainly can be.

Limit Exercise

The English Toy Spaniel doesn't require a lot of exercise, due to their Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (flat nose). They are considered a low-energy dog and only require a short walk (15-20 minutes) twice a day. Regular playtime with other dogs is beneficial in helping to maintain their friendly disposition.

They don't do well in hot weather and are banned from many airlines, but they will make a great partner for road trips! The English Toy Spaniel makes an excellent companion for apartment/condo living and prefers quiet households.

Easy Grooming

The English Toy Spaniel is a shedder. However, they do not require trimming.

Bathing should be done only when needed. Daily brushings will help maintain their beautiful coat, and nail trimmings should be done every 8 - 12 weeks.

Health Concerns

The English Toy Spaniel has some health issues to be aware of, such as eye issues, breathing difficulties, heart defects, and luxating patellas. Their average lifespan is 10-12 years.

Does this little "King" sound like the perfect breed for you?

Adopt First

Consider looking for an English Toy Spaniel through rescue organizations first. Every year, there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!


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