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English Toy Spaniel (Red & White, Face)
Red & White, Face

Breed Information


2022: #134

2021: #137

2020: #138

2019: #139

2018: #135

2017: #134

2016: #130

2015: #129

Name English Toy Spaniel
Other names King Charles Spaniel, Toy Spaniel, Prince Charles Spaniel, Ruby Spaniel, Blenheim Spaniel, Charlies

United Kingdom

Breed Group Toy (AKC:1886)
Size Smallest to Small
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years







Height 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Weight 8-14 pounds (3.6-6.4 kg)

Black & Tan

Black White & Tan


Red & White

Litter Size 2-4 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2000 - $2500 USD

If you purchase an English toy Spaniel from a reputable breeder, you can expect to pay in the ballpark of $2,000 to $2,500.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

They are good for apartment life, relatively inactive indoors, and will do okay without a yard if they are sufficiently exercised. English Toy Spaniels do not do well in temperature extremes.

Barking Tendencies

4 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

3 stars

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also very friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

4 stars

Exercise Needs

1 stars

The exercise needs of the English Toy Spaniel are uncomplicated. It enjoys walks, but its needs can usually be met with indoor play; it will adapt itself to the activity level of your family.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. No trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The intelligence of the English Toy Spaniel makes training fairly easy. This breed requires a gentle approach.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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English Toy Spaniel Puppy (Red & White, Face)
Lying, Face

English Toy Spaniel Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Daisy
02 Riley Lucy
03 Jack Sophie
04 Murphy Chloe
05 Toby Luna
06 Bentley Lola
07 Buster Zoey
08 Dexter Missy
09 Harley Coco
10 Lucky Stella
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


Cobby, compact and essentially square in shape, the English Toy Spaniel is sturdy of frame and solidly constructed, with a silky, flowing coat. Its moderately rounded head, lustrous dark eyes and well-cushioned, fairly short-nosed face exemplify the important characteristics of the English Toy Spaniel. Absolute soundness and proper muscle tone is a must. Head properties should remain free of exaggeration so as to not compromise breathing and/or obstruct normal vision.

The King Charles is a friendly breed, to the extent that it is not typically as suitable as a watchdog as some breeds, though it may still bark to warn its owners of an approaching visitor. It is not a high energy breed, and enjoys the company of family members, being primarily a lapdog. Although able to bond well with children and tolerant of them, it will not accept rough handling. It prefers not to be left alone for long periods. Known as one of the quietest toy breeds, it is suitable for apartment living. The breed can tolerate other pets well, although the King Charles still has the hunting instincts of its ancestors and may not always be friendly towards smaller animals. It is intelligent enough to be used for obedience work and, due to its stable temperament, it can be a successful therapy dog for hospitals and nursing homes.


In the late 1600s the King Charles Spaniels were interbred with Pugs, which resulted in a smaller dog with flatter noses, upturned faces, rounded heads and protruding eyes. The consequence of this breeding is what we know today as the King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel). It was developed in the British Isles and was a favorite of British Royalty. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1886.


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