Meet the Breed: The English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel has a round, domed head, round, expressive brown eyes, and a pushed-in nose (often more pushed in than our featured photo.) The ears are long and heavily feathered. The body is square, sturdy and compact. There is lots of feathering on the body, chest, legs, and feet. The coat is straight to slightly wavy. The coat colors include the King Charles (black and tan - the most common), Blenheim (white and ruby), Prince Charles (tri-color - black, tan and white), and Ruby (solid red.)
The Pug became fashionable in the 1600s and were interbred with the King Charles Spaniels to create a smaller spaniel with more of a domed head and pushed-in nose. These dogs became quite popular with the wealthy as lap and foot-warming companions. The black and tan variety were preferred with King Charles and retain his name.
The English Toy Spaniel is gentle and friendly yet have an aristocratic presence. These dogs play well with children and are peaceful and tolerant.
Breed Club Links: English Toy Spaniel Club of America
BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Top Performance Top and Tail Wipes for ears and eye area.
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