English Toy Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about English Toy Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the English Toy Spaniel have?
King Charles Spaniel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

English Toy Spaniel Price and Availability

Price
How much does the English Toy Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1200-$1500
If you choose to purchase the English Toy Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a English Toy Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the English Toy Spaniel gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a English Toy Spaniel?
Frequent: The English Toy Spaniel is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

English Toy Spaniel Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the English Toy Spaniel weigh? English Toy Spaniel weight:
Male: 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 13-17 pounds (6-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the English Toy Spaniel? English Toy Spaniel average weight:
Male: 16 pounds (7 kg), Female: 15 pounds (7 kg)
Height
How tall is the English Toy Spaniel? English Toy Spaniel height:
12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? English Toy Spaniel average height:
12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

English Toy Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the English Toy Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper English Toy Spaniel's coat?
Black & TanBlack & WhiteRubyBlenheim
Grooming
How to groom the English Toy Spaniel and how often?
Average: The English Toy Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your English Toy Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do English Toy Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the King Charles Spaniel?
English Toy Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the English Toy Spaniel need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my English Toy Spaniel every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

English Toy Spaniel Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the English Toy Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateHappyPlayfulGentleLovingReserved
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the English Toy Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are English Toy Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
English Toy Spaniels are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: English Toy Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? English Toy Spaniel sensitivity:
English Toy Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: English Toy Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the King Charles Spaniel need? English Toy Spaniel social needs:
English Toy Spaniels need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do English Toy Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my King Charles Spaniel bark?
Average to High: The English Toy Spaniel is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is English Toy Spaniel good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
English Toy Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the English Toy Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do English Toy Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
English Toy Spaniels are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do English Toy Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the King Charles Spaniel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a English Toy Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The English Toy Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the English Toy Spaniel has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

English Toy Spaniel bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the English Toy Spaniel do?
English Toy Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but English Toy Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the English Toy Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does English Toy Spaniel roam?
The wanderlust potential of the English Toy Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does English Toy Spaniel have high prey drive?
English Toy Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is English Toy Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the English Toy Spaniel breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
English Toy Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
English Toy Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

English Toy Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? English Toy Spaniel temperament with other people:
English Toy Spaniels are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do English Toy Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are English Toy Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
English Toy Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are English Toy Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? English Toy Spaniel temperament with children:
English Toy Spaniels are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do English Toy Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
English Toy Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is English Toy Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do English Toy Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
English Toy Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the English Toy Spaniel can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is English Toy Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
English Toy Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are English Toy Spaniels good office dogs? Do English Toy Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can English Toy Spaniels be office dogs?
No
English Toy Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do English Toy Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the King Charles Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are English Toy Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
English Toy Spaniels are commonly okay with elderly people.

English Toy Spaniel Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do English Toy Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
English Toy Spaniels tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the English Toy Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the English Toy Spaniel breed? Most common health risks of English Toy Spaniel:
Cleft PalateCryptorchidismFused ToesHydrocephalusLegg-perthes DiseaseMitral Valve DiseaseOpen FontanelPatellar LuxationPatent Ductus ArteriosisRetinal DysplasiaSeborrheaUmbilical Hernias
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the English Toy Spaniel breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the English Toy Spaniel see the vet?
Frequent
The English Toy Spaniel should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do English Toy Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a English Toy Spaniel be? What is the age limit of the English Toy Spaniel? How many years can the oldest English Toy Spaniel live?
10-14 years
The average lifespan of English Toy Spaniel: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the English Toy Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
English Toy Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the English Toy Spaniel have? What is the activity level of the English Toy Spaniel?
English Toy Spaniels are low-energy dogs. They like sleeping hours on a comfortable couch.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do English Toy Spaniel dogs require per day?
English Toy Spaniels exercise need is very minimal. If you live a lazy life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
English Toy Spaniels need a lot of sleep. They love naps during the day. If you live a lazy life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the English Toy Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? English Toy Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the English Toy Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the English Toy Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The English Toy Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the English Toy Spaniel drool?
The English Toy Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the English Toy Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the English Toy Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

English Toy Spaniel As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can English Toy Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). English Toy Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can English Toy Spaniel be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a English Toy Spaniel be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. English Toy Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can English Toy Spaniel be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. English Toy Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can English Toy Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The English Toy Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can English Toy Spaniel be a boat dog?

Not really

English Toy Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can English Toy Spaniel be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. English Toy Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where English Toy Spaniel dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

English Toy Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female English Toy Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the English Toy Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

English Toy Spaniel Recognition

AKC Group
Is English Toy Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Is English Toy Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the English Toy Spaniel breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel Club

English Toy Spaniel Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the English Toy Spaniel breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The English Toy Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: English Toy Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: English Toy Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Dog Friendly: English Toy Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: English Toy Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: English Toy Spaniels tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: English Toy Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the English Toy Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the English Toy Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: English Toy Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: English Toy Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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