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.
- Devoted lapdog
- Great for apartment living
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.
- 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.
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.