English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel


English Toy Spaniels started out as small sporting Spaniels that were favorites of English royalty. They are also named for King Charles II. North America is the only place where King Charles Spaniels are called English Toy Spaniels. They were bred in the 1800s by crossing them with Oriental short nosed dogs. The result of that cross breeding is what you see today.


English Toy Spaniels need only minimal exercise. They do well in apartment living because they can meet all of their exercise requirements indoors. However, they do like to be taken on short walks with a secure leash.


English Toy Spaniels need to be brushed regularly to keep their shedding down. Only bathe when necessary and use a mild shampoo. Their ears and eyes MUST be cleaned daily. Because of their short faces, they tend to wheeze and snore. They find it hard to live in humid and hot climates. They also shouldn't be over exerted. Health concerns of English Toy Spaniels include ear infections, eye problems, heart disease, respiratory issues, and slipped stifle. They must be sheltered from extreme cold and heat.


The smallest of all the Spaniel breeds, English Toy Spaniels are compact, sturdy, and built squarely. Their 2 most distinctive features are their domed head and short nose. They display behavior fitting royalty.


English Toy Spaniels have a profuse coat that can be slightly wavy or straight, glossy and silky. They carry heavy fringing on their chest, body and ears along with lengthy feathering on their feet and legs. They are average shedders.


English Toy Spaniels are friendly, charming, affectionate and gentle. They're also devoted and loyal to their family. They get on well with older, well behaved children as well as other pets. This is a very social breed. They're quiet and non-demanding, which makes them perfect companions.


: Basic obedience and early socialization are recommended for English Toy Spaniels. They're intelligent as well as eager to please, although they can be a bit willful. Training for these dogs must be conducted with fairness, firmness and consistency.