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English Toy Spaniel

Size: Small

Weight: 8 - 14 lbs.

Height: 9" - 11"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Patellar luxation; umbilical hernia; cataracts; heart defects; early tooth loss; laxy tongue. Sensitive to anesthesia.

Origin: England (1600s)

Group: Companion

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The English Toy Spaniel is not an active breed. Although this dog enjoys short walks and playing fetch, it prefers to lounge.

Grooming Needs

The English Toy Spaniel needs bi-weekly brushing.


The English Toy Spaniel is an extremely gentle, amiable, calm, affectionate breed that gets along well with children and other pets. Unlike other toy breeds, the English Toy Spaniel tends to be quiet. This breed trains well with positive reinforcement and praise. Can be somewhat stubborn, but is playful and devoted to its owners.

Compatibility with Kids

Gets along well wiith children


Unlike many other Spaniels, the English Toy Spaniel was never developed as a hunting dog. Around since the 1600s, these were a favorite lap dog of English aristocracy.

Pet Facts

The short, upturned nose is pink at birth and will eventually turn black as the dog ages. There are four versions of the breed: Blenheim (white / chestnut), Prince Charles (white / tan / black), King Charles (black / mahogany) and Ruby (mahogany). The breed is sensitive to heat and humidity and should be kept indoors. Makes a good choice for dog-lovers that live in the city.