The English Toy Spaniel belongs to the AKC Toy Group and is a small sturdy spaniel with with distinctive features including large dark eyes, pug nose and a dome shaped skull. Also known as "Charlies", they are the smallest of the spaniel breeds. Sometimes timid, English Toy Spaniels are gentle, happy, loving, sweet and sometimes mischievous little dogs. With their quiet, non-demanding nature, Charlies are devoted to their owner and a naturally well-behaved breed that are friendly with other household pets. Their small size and easily maintained coats make perfect companions for the elderly and apartment dwellers. Can easily become overwelmed in chaotic households if children are young and not supervised.
Grooming: The shedding, short coat of an English Toy Spaniel needs minimal care. Weekly brushings to avoid matting. Any mattings should be cut off, not pulled.
Social Skills: This little toy dog gets along fine with other dogs and household pets. Can be timid. Needs early socialization to avoid becoming too fearful.
Personality: Very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Gentle mannered, relaxed very loveable. Can be picky eaters.
Children: Very good with older, respectful children.
Housing: Active inddors. Not trustworthy off leash or outside of fenced area. Ideal for apartment and condo living. Makes great pet for the elderly.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily - begin early training.
Health: Heart disease, ear and eye infections, patellar luxation, and respiratory ailments. More information on English Toy Spaniel inherited health disorders.
History: The English Toy Spaniel origin was developed in the British Isles as a companion dog for British royalty. Known as the "King Charles Spaniel" or "Charlies" in Britain, they were bred to the oriental short-nosed breeds in the 1800s to create the modern day King Charles Spaniel which are only called English Toy Spaniels in North America today (known as King Charles Spaniel abroad).