The English Toy Cocker Spaniel

If you’re looking for a family dog with the perfect combination of low energy and excellent around children, the English Toy Cocker Spaniel is the right fit. They love nothing more than being your constant companion and cuddling up near you. These Cocker Spaniels are known to be gentle dogs, which does not go in their favour of being a good watchdogs; they don’t bark very often, simply because they are shy! If they feel threatened or over-whelmed, they might bite; to avoid this, you might want to get them into the habit of having people outside of their family around them.

These Miniature Cocker Spaniels are very eager to please their family, which makes them easy to train. There might be some stubbornness you might encounter, but if you deal with it with a gentle hand, they’ll work harder to please you and love you more. If you want to keep two pets, one of them could be this Toy Cocker Spaniel since they get along with other dogs and house pets. Although they are low energy dogs they do require a daily walk and the occasional run in the backyard. They could chase smaller animals and birds when outdoors, so do put them on a leash!

Appearance:

Average Height-

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Identifying Features-

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Average Weight-

8-14 lbs

 

Care & Health:

– Major concerns: patellar luxation

– Minor concerns: early tooth loss, “lazy” tongue (never fully extracts into mouth)

– Occasionally seen: PDA

– Suggested tests: knee

– Life span: 10 – 12 years

– Grooming: The Toy Spaniel’s long coat requires a brushing twice a week to avoid any tangling; if you want to reduce the shedding all over the house.

Note: The English Toy Spaniels often have a soft spot in the skull (due to incomplete fontanel closure). In addition, the breed is sensitive to anesthesia.

 

History:

The English Toy Spaniel has been known to the British right from the Renaissance era, when they were companion dogs for royalty. During those times, they were fondly referred to as “comforter spaniels”, since they were either by the feet or in the laps of royalty. The look of the Spaniel today is a result of the cross breeding between the Pug and the Japanese Chin with the European Spaniels.

Another name for the English Toy Spaniel is the King Charles Spaniel, because of the former’s constant companionship with the King during the 17th century. The English Toy Spaniel was admitted to the AKC in 1886 and as of 2007, their popularity ranks 121st out of 157 breeds.

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