American Canine Association


English Toy Spaniel


And entirely different breed than the Charles King Spaniel, the English Toy Spaniel is the result of crossing the Charles Spaniel with the Pug bloodlines near the mid 1600's. This breed is known for only being that of royalty in history, as today this breed is also only used for companionship as well.


The English Toy Spaniel is a small breed dog with males and females measuring up to 10 inches in height and generally weighing 9-12 pounds in weight. This breed has a very round and pronounced head, with two pendant shaped ears gently falling along side of their face. Their muzzle is very short and slightly wide in appearance, sitting back into the face with extra skin around it. Their two round eyes are generally large and available in a hazel to black in appearance. This breed has a rectangular body shape and athletic body build. Their tail is generally cropped to 2-4 inches in size, however if it is naturally it is medium in length and their coat feathers off of it. Their tail should be positioned out and upwards when relaxed. Their coat is medium to long in length and is available in white with red markings, white with black and tan markings and mahogany red with a few white hairs throughout the coat. Their coat should always demonstrate a natural shine.


The English Toy Spaniel is truly a wonderful choice of breed to add to any family with or without children and with an average lifestyle. A calm, loving, friendly and happy dog breed, the English Toy Spaniel even does well in apartment living situations as long as he or she is walked and exercised daily. This breed is generally a very well behaved dog, but still requires a firm and confident dog owner who uses positive reinforcement training methods only. This breed is dog and pet friendly, and is good with children of all ages that he or she is exposed to while growing up. This breed can be picky with food and requires a family who will show love and affection towards them on a daily and consistent basis, as well as treat them as a family member; including them in as many outings and vacations as possible.


This breed does shed daily and requires daily brushing and bathing when needed. A trip to a professional groomers is recommended about twice a year.

Special Notes

Please note that the English Toy Spaniel is extremely sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and any extreme temperature can be fatal to this breed. This breed is prone to eye problems, ear infections, breathing issues and heart disease. Fully educate yourself about the English Toy Spaniel prior to adding one to your home to ensure you are able to provide a life long physical and financial commitment to your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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