English Toy Spaniel - Royal Comforter
The English Toy Spaniel, is a sweet lovable
and gentle lap dog. Bred entirely as a companion dog, this little soul
need human interaction and a welcoming lap. Highly suitable for apartment
living, this sweetheart is a delight for older people. Considered one of
the most suitable lap dogs that provides unconditional love to its doting owner.
The King Charles Spaniel (a popular variety of
English toy spaniels) is not to be confused with the King Charles Cavalier,
which is a different breed altogether featuring a larger body with a longer
muzzle and only recognized as a breed in 1995 whilst the English toy Spaniels were recognized in 1886.
Color plays an important part in this toy dog breed.
- King Charles - Black and Tan (very little white
on the chest allowed)
- Prince Charles - Tricolor (white with black and tan
- Blenheim - Red and White (with a spot of red on the
- Ruby - Solid Chestnut (with a few white hairs on
Going back to as
far as the 16th Century when Mary Queen of Scots received one as a
gift. Probably a gift from the Far East although the details
remains sketchy. In the 19th Century these toy dogs were
bred with the Pug to reduce the size of the nose (a fashion
statement for Royal ladies of the Court in those days).
||Gentle and not
energetic, preferring to be on your lap. Frankly the perfect
companion dog for someone who wants a devoted lap dog.
||Silky coat with gentle
feathering on the ears, feet and tail. There are 4 distinct color
varieties within one breed. See above for details.
||Twice weekly brushing,
ear and teeth cleaning is all that is required. Naturally nail
clipping is required especially our lap dogs who do not exercise
vigorously to naturally trim their claws.
As with all
Brachycephalic dog breeds, some health issues present
themselves. Otherwise considered a healthy breed although not
longevity. Potential heart conditions should be checked with a
responsible breeder. Patellar Luxation is common (knee joint
disorder) with many small dog breeds; the English Toy Spaniels are no
||This special tot needs
to be protected from extreme weather conditions and should be housed indoors
with the family. Gets on well with children but as with
all dogs, supervision is essential with young children who must be
taught how to play with dogs especially those with fragile frames.
||Easy to moderate.
Firm and gentle persuasion is needed. Aggression will result
in an unhappy neurotic pet. They should not be over spoilt or
they could become snappy.
An apartment or any home where this
tot will be the center of attention receiving lots of human
||Relatively short for
small dog breeds; 10 - 12 years
||Purely as a companion
dog and lovable lap dog.
||This is not an
aggressive dog breed although shy with strangers, he will but
will alert you when visitors arrive.
For more information on English Toy Spaniels
Brachycephalic Dog Breeds - Real Hot Dogs
More Toy Dog Breeds
- Not just Playthings
Other Popular Small Dogs and Teacup Dog Breeds
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