English Toy Spaniel Overview
English Toy Spaniels are known for their loving demeanor combined with a miniaturized Gun dog attitude. Their more recent looks, including prominent eyes and domed head only became popular toward the late 1800’s, when breed standards were becoming more popular. The English Toy Spaniel is a loving and loyal breed at home with families.
English Toy Spaniel Characteristics
The breed sports a domed shaped skull and prominent eyes. Similar in appearance to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the English Toy Spaniel is actually called the King Charles Spaniel outside of the US. They are quiet and calm for a small breed dog, and very intelligent, making them great companions.
English Toy Spaniel Temperament
English Toy Spaniels are more calm and quiet than other toy breed dogs, making them excellent house pets. Their joy of being around people also makes them great family pet, as they love to be with their human companions, usually sitting in a lap. Their playful manner also makes them a joy to be around.
English Toy Spaniel Care
The average lifespan of this breed is 10-12 years, slightly under average for a toy breed. They are prone to a few breed health issues including ear infections, glaucoma and luxating patellas. Two heart defects are also common in the breed, including Patent Ductus Arteriosis and Mitral Valve Disease.
English Toy Spaniel Coat
Like their larger field spaniel counterparts, English Toy Spaniels also sport a long and feathery coat. Frequent grooming and brushing is advised to prevent mats and keep the hair soft and silky. Their droopy ears are also prone to ear infections, so checking and cleaning ears often is key in prevention.
English Toy Spaniel Training
English Toy Spaniels are very intelligent and willing to please, making training easy. They can however, be difficult to train when it comes to housebreaking. Calm behavior, positive reinforcement and patience are all key in overcoming any training obstacles. The playful nature and loyal to human companions makes the English Toy Spaniel great at learning tricks, too.
English Toy Spaniel Activity
English Toy Spaniels feel comfortable both indoors and out and are happy doing whatever their owner does. A nice walk around the neighborhood or an outing to a park are the perfect activities for the English Toy Spaniel. Their smaller size also makes them well-suited for apartment living, where they are just as happy to be a couch dog.