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English Toy Spaniel

Also known as: King Charles Spaniel

Nickname: Charlies

Breed origin: Japan or Ancient China
Original purpose: Fine small hunting spaniel, particularly on woodcock.

AKC recognized: 1886
AKC group: Toy

Size: Weight: 8 to 14 lbs
Size: Height: 10 to 11 inches
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Color: Red and white, tri-color, black and tan, or rich mahogany red.

Life span: 10 to 12 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The English Toy Spaniel is quiet, merry, affectionate, charming, and willing to please. Their small size, quietness and easy-care coats make them perfect companions for the elderly or city dweller. However, they can easily become overwhelmed in households with young and/or exuberant children. Some of them choose their owner rather than love everyone. Some can be stubborn and require more patience to train. Due to their very small size and thus vulnerability to attacks by larger animals, they must never be left outdoors unprotected. They are also prone to overheating due to their short noses and do best if provided with air-conditioning in hot and humid climates. Some owners are known to paper train these dogs and keep them completely indoors.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes

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Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Low/Moderate

Good jogging partner? No

Exercise requirement: Access to a small secured yard and/or regular walks on leash around the neighborhood is sufficient to keep them in condition. Some might enjoy some gentle hiking but only if they have been conditioned to it.

Grooming requirement: The coat should be combed out once a week to prevent mats. Bathe every two to four weeks.

Known health problems: Patellar luxation, patent ductus arteriosis, mitral valve disease, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal dysplasia, hyaloid artery remnant, vertebral disc problems, umbilical hernias.

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Recommended books for further reading:

English Toy Spaniel (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Chelsea Devon
Published in 2007
155 pages

English Toy Spaniel (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Milton J. Paine
Published in 1997
93 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
English Toy Spaniel Club of America
English Toy Spaniel Rescue

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