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Meet the breed: English Toy Spaniel

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English Toy Spaniel

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for a friendly and devoted companion, find out everything you need to know about the English Toy Spaniel.
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Breed

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Overview

Originally bred as a woodcock hunter, the English Toy Spaniel was loved by royalty as a constant companion and foot and lap warmer. Very similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the two are often confused with each other and bred together as well. A preferred lap dog, he's a good companion that gets along well with school-aged children and other animals. Not prone to barking, he does need regular grooming and a push for regular exercise.

Breed standards

AKC group: Toy

UKC group: Terrier

Average lifespan: 10 - 12 years

Average size: 8 - 14 pounds

Coat appearance: Silky, medium-length

Coloration: Tricolored (beige, white and black), black and tan, red and white

Hypoallergenic: No

Other identifiers:

Dark eyes and dark-eyed rims; well-proportioned body; scissor-bite teeth; long ears with feathering and medium-to long-length wavy coat; soft expression

Possible alterations:

Coat may be straight

Is this breed right for you?

Although the English Toy Spaniel enjoys engaging in play and walks, it is necessary that he lives indoors with his family. Good with school-aged children, the breed is completely content sitting on his owner's lap all day. In need of regular companionship, he will need to be with a family that is home and available to him constantly.

Breed Characteristics

A dream day in the life of the English Toy Spaniel

The English Toy Spaniel will be in no rush to wake up in the morning. Perfectly happy staying in bed with his family members, he will follow you to breakfast once you finally move from your comfort zone. Fill up his bowl to allow him to leisurely eat for the remainder of the day. Engage in a bit of play with his favorite toys, take him for a short walk and end the day with your English Toy Spaniel on your lap.

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