English Toy Spaniel: A Complete Guide

Remember the cuteness overload when Charlotte from Sex and the City discovered “Elizabeth Taylor”?

Well, imagine a slightly cuter and possibly more lovable version and you will have an idea how an English Toy Spaniel looks.

If you have already set your mind on buying this puppy, or simply want too much more about it, our guide is at your service.

The “royal” introduction isn’t just our attempt to sound funny or smart, on the contrary, today we really have a chance to present to you, the Dog World Royalty!

Once faithful companions of English kings, the English Toy Spaniels of today’s world, come with both Royal-like behavior, and the spirit of their ancestors who were real doggy dogs, with a loving, bright, and willing to please nature.

But, before you decide to actually buy a puppy, there are a few important things you should know.

English Toy Spaniel Puppies – Before You Buy…

English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel has an easygoing personality.

Getting to the moment where you enter the door of your home with an adorable puppy in your arms is easy.

But, before getting to that moment, you should first investigate a few things about your English Toy Spaniel puppy.

First comes the question of the price, then when you’ve found the comfortable budget plan, the most important question you need to ask yourself is “How can I find a really reputable breeder?”.

These puppies come with a nice price tag and you should make sure you are buying a healthy pup.

What price are English Toy Spaniel puppies?

As we mentioned above, the English Toy Spaniel can take a nice chunk out of your budget.

On average, you can expect the price range to go from $1K up to $1.8K, or even $2K or more if the pup’s parents are trophy winning champions and the breeder provides all the necessary documents.

How to find reputable English Toy Spaniel breeders?

Once you’ve decided that the English Toy Spaniel is the breed you want to give a home, the next step should be finding a reputable breeder that will provide health clearances for both the puppy and its parents.

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These clearances, give you a piece of mind and are a guarantee that the puppy has been tested for and cleared of certain conditions.

When it comes to this breed in particular, here are the health issues you can expect, and the clearances you should look for:

From OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)

  • Hip dysplasia (with a score of fair or better)
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Willebrand’s disease

From the Auburn University for thrombopathia and from CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) (CERF)

  • A certification that the eyes are normal

Also, just to make sure, you can visit www.offa.org (the official OFA website), to check if the clearances are legitimate.

3 Little-known facts about English Toy Spaniel puppies

English Toy Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel is calm and very devoted.

You can hear plenty of nice things about the English Toy Spaniel but those are experiences mostly related to full grown dogs.

What about the puppies? Here are 3 little-known facts that we believe you will find useful.

  • Socialization is a Must

For English Toy Spaniels, socialization is crucial as soon as they are cleared of all their shots.

They tend to be shy and not trustful to strangers or situations they are not used to, so getting to know other dogs, animals, and people and kids, will do wonders for their personality as they mature.

  • They Tend to Get a Bit Clumsy

As cute as they are, the English Toy Spaniel pups can get clumsy if excited. And, considering that when you are on a walk, everything will be new, exciting, and most of the times scary for your little pup.

In their panic, the pups are known to run without looking where they are running, which can result in getting into trouble or running in front of a car.

Therefore, when taking a walk, make sure your pup gets used to a leash right from the start. And, before letting it run free in the backyard, check all your fences so that the pup cannot squeeze through.

  • They are Not Big Fans of Loud Noises
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This is a breed whose pups love kids, but if the kids aren’t too loud or hyperactive. They have Courtside manners and love a polite tone.

They won’t do well if the kids bring in too much loud noise and overload their excitement threshold.

Physical Traits of the English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel
The English Toy Spaniel breed is known as being very healthy.

And now, let’s see what can you expect from your English Toy Spaniel when it comes to life expectancy, intelligence, temperament, and personality traits.

But first, you might want to find out how “big” these dogs really are.

How big is a full-grown English Toy Spaniel?

An English Toy Spaniel is a compact, square-bodied dog.

When they become full-grown dogs, the English Toy Spaniel can grow up to be 10 to 11 inches tall, of course, the females are slightly smaller than males.

As for weight, don’t worry, they are not on the “chubby side” like Bulldogs, and what you can expect is from 8 to 14 pounds.

What is the life expectancy of the English Toy Spaniel?

The English Toy Spaniel’s life expectancy isn’t as long as with some other “senior and loving it” breeds, yet it isn’t short.

If taken care of properly, your Toy Spaniel will spend some 14 to 15 lovely years with you.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the English Toy Spaniel

When it comes to Toy Spaniels, the first association with their name are a few things, such as lovable, gentle, and sweet.

This breed was one of England’s Royalty most favorite choices, and even in today’s world, they are highly ranked on the Most Prestige Pet list.

This breed is famous for being happy and devoted to its family, but also quite quiet and not intrusive. Furthermore, you will discover that your Spaniel is with a forgiving nature.

However, even though this breed is meant for lazy afternoon hugging times, in which they are exceptionally great in, their ancestors sporting spirit is present and they can also be great little hunting dogs.

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The English Toy Spaniel is really smart, but its stubbornness can surface during the training.

If this happens with your pup, make sure you are patient, consistent, positive, and with a gentle overall approach, and you will have no problems.

Also, for a winning Royal personality, you can enlist your pup for training classes where it can socialize and develop nice manners.

Another interesting thing about the Toy Spaniels is that they can also be well-suited pets for seniors or people that aren’t strong or mobile enough to take care of a bigger, stronger and more demanding breed.

But, their devotion to owners in the eyes of some is considered as a flaw because it can easily lead to separation anxiety if you leave the dog with someone else for a day or two.

This breed is great when it comes to apartment homes as they adapt quite quickly.

In fact, any home that isn’t a dog kennel or where they are left alone for long periods of time will do just fine for this breed.

As for getting along with other dogs, they, in most cases, respond well to others.

But, if there happens to be a new dog in the hood, your English Toy Spaniel will be shy and intimidated in the beginning.

With kids, these Spaniels are very gentle. However, that goes for a bit older kids that are used to playing with the dogs and not aggressive.

Small kids like toddlers are not yet aware of their actions and this breed is not particularly fond of humans at that age.

An ideal fun day for an English Toy Spaniel would be a walk with the owner while chasing butterflies and birds along the way.

But, they can easily get distracted and wander somewhere they shouldn’t be, so you should keep your pet on a leash all the time.

As for being watchdogs, their watchfulness starts and ends by alerting you of someone approaching and running to safety near you.

So, they are good alarms, but not that brave when it comes to, “taking the villains down”.

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The English Toy Spaniel Diet

Being that they are not a huge-in-size breed, English Toy Spaniels are not big eaters.

The daily recommended food intake goes from half to a full cup of dry, high-quality food. Which, should be split into two separate meals.

However, we also need to remind you that just like us, humans, Toy Spaniel’s appetite depends on its age, weight, size, and overall activity levels.

Needless to say is that the food bowl of a couch potato Spaniel will be drastically less filled than a bowl of an energetic Spaniel.

And, your choice of dog food quality will also have a huge impact on your dog’s health. The better the quality of the food, the better nourishment will you provide for your dog.

On the other hand, if you need to get your Toy Spaniel into shape, you will cut down on the “strength” of the food.

How much Exercise does an English Toy Spaniel need?

What is great about this breed is that the Toy Spaniels come with moderate activity levels.

This means that when you are playing outside, it will be energetic and interesting, but when the playtime is over and it’s time to go home, these dogs will “flip the switch” from being all excited, to being reserved and of a Royal posture.

You will very soon discover that English Toy Spaniels have an easygoing personality and that they are great when living in a city and in an apartment, as long as they have regular walks.

However, due to the fact that this breed comes with a short nose, taking your Toy Spaniel outside when it’s hot and humid is not a smart idea.

English Toy Spaniel Health and Conditions

In general, the English Toy Spaniel breed is known as being healthy.

However, a few genetic screening and health checking should be done before you decide to buy the puppy that stole your heart.

This includes checking if the pup has cleared tests for health issues specific to its breed. For example, luxating patellas, cardiac diseases, and eye condition.

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Reputable breeders test their dogs and work together with other reputable breeders with a common desire to keep the breed healthy and with all unique qualities that make it so special.

Once you’ve made sure that the breeder has provided all the necessary documentation and the pup is finally yours, you should look for a vet.

Regular visits will make sure your dog doesn’t suffer from the ear, or other infections, has parasites, and that the teeth are in good shape.

We recommended you consult your dog’s vet and take these health tests:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam

My final thoughts on the English Toy Spaniel

With the health aspects, you have reached the end of this English Toy Spaniel guide.

By now, you have realized that if what you are looking for is a dog that is gentle, affectionate, loves spending time with you, and calm and very devoted, this is the ideal one for you.

But, as we said a couple of times throughout the guide before you set your budget and buy a pup, make sure that you are buying it from the right breeder.

You now also know how to choose one and what to pay attention to.

Hopefully, all that you learned here today will bring you much closer to that moment when you happily open the doors of your heart and your home and let the little pup in.

Of course, we would love to hear your experience with this breed, and we will gladly answer to any of your questions regarding this Royal representative of the dog world.

Thank you for reading!

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OVERALL SUMMARY

4
Cost to Buy
8
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
9
Friendliness
8
Health Concerns
7.5
Life Span
8.5
Exercise Required
7
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.6 / 10

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