Bred to be companions to royalty and also called Charlies, English Toy Spaniels are gentle, quiet, and relaxed yet playful and affectionate dogs. They are somewhat more subdued in nature than their cousins the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
If you are not sure whether an English Toy Spaniel is the right choice of breed for your family and lifestyle, please read on. The following ETS breed information will help you decide if this dog would be a good fit for you.
In terms of size, English Toy Spaniels belong to the AKC’s Toy Group. They are 9-10 inches tall and weigh 8-14 pounds. The average lifespan of a English Toy Spaniel is 10-12 years.
English Toy Spaniels are highly affectionate with family members and very playful too. They are exceptionally patient and tolerant of young children and get along very well with other dogs.
An English Toy Spaniel will be moderately friendly with strangers and can make a reasonably good watchdog. This is an adaptable breed that can adjust to changing routines. However, English Toy Spaniels do not tolerate hot weather too well.
English Toy Spaniels are neither overly eager to please nor very strong willed. They can be trained to be biddable with firm, but gentle reward-based training methods. This is a breed that does not bark excessively.
In terms of exercise needs, English Toy Spaniels have moderate energy levels and mental stimulation needs. A daily walk is usually sufficient. This breed can adapt to apartment living quite well. This is a good choice of breed for first-time dog parents.
The English Toy Spaniel’s medium length silky double coat comes in different colors and each has its own name, such as Blenheim (red and white), Ruby (red), King Charles (tan and black), and Prince Charles (tan, black, and white). The coat requires at least two brushings every week and it can shed quite a lot. These dogs are not heavy droolers.
In summary, ETS are bright, affectionate, quiet, and easygoing companions with beautiful long ears, expressive eyes, and chubby cheeks that give them a characteristic appearance. If you want to bring home an adorable English Toy Spaniel puppy, check out listings of responsible ETS breeders on Puppy Hero.