About the English Toy Spaniel Breed
This stocky, square proportioned dog isn't the most ground covering of animals, but it makes a great lapdog. Easily confused with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the English Toy Spaniel is also known as the King Charles Spaniel. The majority of its small, compact body is shrouded in lustrous, silky hair. The head and the face of the dog is iconic and is essential to the breed when in show. The head should be domed, with prominent, deep eyes, and a soft, kind expression.
This expression is the most noticeable thing about the dog, the second being its luxurious coat. It is coloured either black and tan, white with black and tan patches, white with red patches, or ruby. With feathering on the underside and down the legs, the outline of the dog is slightly obscured. The ears hang down to frame the face of the dog, which has a few wrinkles lining the mouth that may need wiping every few days to make sure there is no build-up.
As with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, in the days before the two breeds split, the English Toy was used as a much loved lapdog by the nobles, used to help keep feet and legs warm, and to attract fleas away from people. As such, it is a very tame and loving dog, that is very loveable to its owners. It can be stubborn, but is usually amiable and attentive.
It likes a leisurely life of lounging around, but will occasionally like a good walk outside. However, the exercise needs of the English Toy Spaniel can be met fairly easily. It will need combing once or twice a week to remove dead hair and tangles from its lustrous coat. It will need to live in the house for both physical and social needs.