Thursday, January 22, 2009

English Toy Spaniel

The English Toy Spaniel is a compact, cobby and essentially square toy dog possessed of a short-nosed, domed head, a merry and affectionate demeanor and a silky, flowing coat. His compact, sturdy body and charming temperament, together with his rounded head, lustrous dark eye, and well cushioned face, proclaim him a dog of distinction and character. The important characteristics of the breed are exemplified by the head.

The English Toy Spaniel's coat is not known for excessive shedding, but it should be brushed several times a week to maintain a healthy condition. The English Toy Spaniel is a bright little dog who is affectionate and willing to please. He is a loyal breed and likes to sit in his owner's lap. The English Toy Spaniel's gentle and loving temperament make him an ideal dog for the elderly.

Did You Know
The English Toy Spaniel made its first appearance in England during the reign of King Charles II, in the 17th century. Celebrated professor & physician to Queen Elizabeth refers to them as ''Spaniell Gentle, otherwise called the Comforter.'' In the U.S. the breed has appeared in the AKC's records since the club was founded. Before 1903 all four colors were classified as separate breeds for show purposes, but were permitted to intermix for breeding. But in 1904 the AKC ruled that they should be combined into one breed, the English Toy Spaniel, and shown in two color varieties: King Charles and Ruby; and Prince Charles and Blenheim.

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