english toy spaniel breed information
common health issues
Authorities agree that the English Toy Spaniel originated in the Far East and later emerged in England, appearing in portraits of noblemen in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The black-and-tan-colored dogs were reportedly the favorites of King Charles I, so early breeding programs focused on that variety. In the late 1600s, they were interbred with Pugs, which resulted in a smaller dog with the now characteristic flatter nose, rounded head and big eyes. Treasured as a merry, affectionate companion dog, the English Toy Spaniel was also said to be a fine small hunting dog, particularly with game birds.
Today, the breed is divided into four varieties based on color: Blenheim (mahogany red and white); Ruby (rich mahogany red); Prince Charles (white with black and tan markings); and King Charles (black and tan). The Prince Charles and King Charles varieties’ coats are longer, but regular brushing is all that is needed to keep them neat. These small dogs, weighing between 8 and 15 lbs., need moderate daily exercise to stay happy and fit.
The English Toy Spaniel is a wonderful family dog, known to be gentle, playful, loving and sweet. He is friendly with other dogs and with children, though he can be willful and demanding. He needs a consistent leader who can keep any behavior issues at bay with firm but gentle treatment.
Playful personality aside, the English Toy Spaniel is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health, and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses English Toy Spaniels are prone to include joint conditions such as hip dysplasia and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; and eye conditions such as distichiasis, retinal dysplasia, entropion, and corneal dystrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your English Toy Spaniel inherits his mother’s bad eyes or his father’s bad hips, you’re protected.