English Toy Spaniel

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 10in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 8-14lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount1/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

English Toy Spaniel Information

English Toy SpanielThought to have originated in the Near East, the English Toy Spaniel first appeared in Europe in the 16th century. Weighing no more than 14 pounds, this unique pup features a large, round head; turned-up nose; long, lush ears; and large, melt-your-heart eyes. Their coat comes in four varieties that each have a proper name: Blenheim (red and white); King Charles (black and tan); Prince Charles (white, black, and tan); and Ruby (solid red).

The small size of the English Toys make them ideal for small homes or apartments. Curious and intelligent, the breed can be willful, snooty and regal in some instances, and loving and willing to please at other times.

One note: the breed does not do well with heat; proceed with caution on hot days!

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can English Toy Spaniels be apartment dogs?

The English Toy Spaniels does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can English Toy Spaniels be left alone?

English Toy Spaniels are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are English Toy Spaniels good with kids?

English Toy Spaniels do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are English Toy Spaniels friendly with strangers?

English Toy Spaniels tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do English Toy Spaniels get along with other dogs?

Although English Toy Spaniels will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do English Toy Spaniels bark a lot?

English Toy Spaniels don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do English Toy Spaniels shed a lot?

English Toy Spaniels shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do English Toy Spaniels need a lot of grooming?

Although English Toy Spaniels require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do English Toy Spaniels need a lot of exercise?

A English Toy Spaniel will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are English Toy Spaniels easy to train?

Although English Toy Spaniels can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can English Toy Spaniels handle cold weather?

English Toy Spaniels don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can English Toy Spaniels handle hot weather?

Be careful with English Toy Spaniels in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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