English Toy Spaniel
Description: In the United States and Canada they are known as the English Toy Spaniel. The name "King Charles" is given to the black and tan variety only. English Toy Spaniels are the ultimate lap dogs, as they love to sit by their owners' side. They are sweet, shy, easygoing and affectionate to their owners and those they are familiar with. They make a wonderful companion for the elderly.
Other Names: King Charles Spaniel
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 10 - 11 inches
Weight: 8 - 14 lbs.
Colors: Black and tan - raven black with bright tan markings above the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, o chest and legs and underside of tail, white marks undesirable. Ruby - solid rich red, white markings undesirable. Blenheim - rich chestnut markings, well broken up on pearly white ground; markings evenly divided on head, leaving room for lozenge spot between ears. Tricolor - black and white, well spaced and broken up with tan markings over eyes, cheeks, inside ears, inside legs, on underside of tail.
Coat: Long, silky, straight coat. Slight waviness permissible.
Temperament: Obedient and affectionate
With Children: Yes, provided there is no rough housing.
With Pets: Yes, very social and enjoys other animals.
Special Skills: Family pet
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Exercise: English Toy Spaniels need regular brushing with a firm bristle brush. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. Check ears, eyes and nails. Keep a watch for ear infections. The English Toy Spaniel will benefit from any amount of exercise.
Training: Training is easy as they are intelligent and quickly grasp what you are expecting of them.
Learning Rate: Very High
Living Environment: Apartment is adequate if some form of exercise is provided. Owners should be patient, calm leaders who want to enjoy a lap dog.
Health Issues: Patella luxation, cataracts, inguinal hernias, heart murmurs.
Life Span: 10 -12 years
Litter Size: 2 - 4
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: Small spaniel type dogs have been in existence for hundreds of years in Britain enjoying their lives as treasured companion dogs. The English Toy Spaniel is said to have developed by crossing with the Pekingese, Japanese Chin or Pug.
First Registered by the AKC: 1886
AKC Group: Toy Group
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC (GB), UKC