The English Toy Spaniel, also called the King Charles Spaniel, is a toy dog breed that originated in Great Britain. It is suspected that this breed was developed by crossing the Japanese Chin or Pug with the Pekingese. This breed was originally used as a lap dog for the aristocracy. Today this cute little dog still enjoys a comfortable life as a lap dog and family dog.
The English Toy Spaniel is a manageable size. They usually grow to be between 10 and 11 inches tall and weigh between 8 and 14 pounds. They are very obedient and loving, and they make a great family pet. Because they are a small dog you will need to make sure that you children do not get to rough with this dog. If you are considering adding an English Toy Spaniel to your family you will want to make sure you keep your eye open for heart murmurs, patella luxation, inguinal hernias, and cataracts, as all of these health conditions are commonly found in this breed.