English Toy Spaniel

Description

The English Toy Spaniel has a long, wavy coat that is most profuse on its chest, its underside, ears, and tail. Its round head is comparably larger that its body and is flanked by long, feathered ears that hang way past its chin. It has a definite stop. The nose is large with an ambiguous bridge. Large, dark eyes are set deep in the face. It has an elongated neck. The breed has a small build, but it is sturdy and strong. The legs are well developed; the hindlegs more angular than the forequarters. The breed’s tail is set evenly with the back, is docked, and carried above the back.

Temperament

Affection, attention, and a gentle hand are all that is needed to keep the English Toy Spaniel happy. It is really is a gentle breed, but should not exhibit excessively shy behavior. As long as it is handled in a gentle manner it should be fine. Supervision is recommended when the dog interacts with people or animals with an unknown temperament or that are too rough. The breed is generally well behaved, but some types are known to be stubborn.

Height and Weight

The English Toy Spaniel is generally 10 inches tall and weighs about 9-12 pounds.

Health Problems

Spaniels are prone to some health problems. The English Toy Spaniel may be prone to develop conditions of the eyes, ears, and heart. The breed may also develop respiratory conditions.

Ideal Living Conditions

The English Toy Spaniel is suitable indoors and outdoors. However, it should not be kept outdoors when the weather is very hot or very cold. They are fine as apartment dwellers.

Exercise

If an English Toy Spaniel is kept indoors it should obtain sufficient exercise. Types that are kept indoors need more physical exercise since they tend to be inactive.

Life Expectancy

The English Toy Spaniel tends to live 10-12 years.

Litter Size

The English Toy Spaniel typically has 3 puppies in a litter.

Grooming

The English Toy Spaniel only needs regular brushing. Its coat sheds, but only a minimal amount. The ears require special attention because they are long and can trap bacteria, which can lead to serious ear infections. It is recommended that any hair from the inside of the ear that is too long be trimmed. The English Toy Spaniel is unique in that its coat sheds all year round. Although the shedding is only minimal, regular brushing is needed.

Origin

The English Toy Spaniel originates from England. Also called the King Charles Spaniel

Group

Gun, Toy

Color

Acceptable colors for the English Toy Spaniel’s coat includes red, black and tan, white and red, and white, tan, and black.