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English Toy Spaniel: Personality, Exercise, Grooming

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About English Toy Spaniel

Country of Origin, History of English Toy Spaniels

The English Toy Spaniel originated in Great Britain. This breed was a companion animal for royalty throughout the Renaissance. The English Toy Spaniel was bred through crossbreeding Toy Spaniels, Pugs, or Japanese Chins during the 18th and 19th century.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

This breed has a soft appearance, with a short face, large brown or black eyes, and long ears that are placed close to the dog’s head. The English Toy Spaniel has a compact, sturdy frame with a dome-shaped head and a silky-appearing coat.


English Toy Spaniels have been bred with several different coat colours. The black and tan are dark raven with bright tan above the eyes, on the cheeks, inside the ears, on the chest and legs, and on the underside of the tail. The ruby is a solid red with a small patch of white fur on the chest. The Blenheim consists of chestnut markings with noticeable red markings around the eyes. The tricolor has black and white colouring that is spaced around the dog’s body.

The English Toy Spaniel has a long, silky, and straight coat with heavy fringe around the body, chest, and ears. The coat has a straight or slightly wavy appearance, along with a smooth, glossy texture.

Height: 9 and 11 inches.

Weight: 8 and 14 pounds.

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English Toy Spaniel Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.


This breed is easily trained because the English Toy Spaniel is quick to learn due to its intelligence; these dogs learn at a very high rate. Training should include consistent praise, encouragement, and small food treats to reward expected behavior.

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English Toy Spaniel Activity Level

In general, the English Toy Spaniel demonstrates consistent calmness, but these dogs can become active when they are encouraged by owners or trainers.

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The English Toy Spaniel is easily trained and learns quickly. It responds to consistent training activity, appropriate praise, and rewards for expected behavior. This breed can become shy or nervous if it is not around people, sights, or sounds early in life. Due to its dependent nature, it is not recommended that the English Toy Spaniel be left alone for extended periods of time.


The English Toy Spaniel requires regular brushing, combing, and trimming when necessary. This is done to keep the dog’s coat short and free of mats. In addition, the English Toy Spaniel sheds a great deal; it is recommended that furniture, carpeting, and clothing be treated to keep accumulated fur from gathering. A vacuuming schedule, such as two or three times per week, will help maintain cleanliness in the home. The dog should be brushed daily or every other day with a firm bristle brush, and bathed when necessary.

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Health and Care

While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.

All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing.

Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Club

In the United States, this breed is represented by The English Toy Spaniel Club of America. This organization can be reached via the internet at


The English Toy Spaniel was recognized by the American Kennel Club and The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom in 1886.

Group: Toy Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 135

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