meet theEnglish Toy Spaniel


Training &Temperament

English Toys can be stubborn during training, but ‘Charlies’ are easy going dogs and make excellent companions for city-dwellers who can provide the dogs regular walks on lead. They are good as family companions and play well with children. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment or small home. These dogs do not like the hot weather and should not be left outdoors on hot days.

  • Children


    75% agree

  • Other Pets



  • Training


    50% agree

  • Time Alone


    13% agree

Did You Know?

Most authorities agree that the English Toy has its origins in the East, namely Japan (traveling to Europe as part of royal presents).

Evidence that the English Toy was a favorite of Mary Queen of Scots, where it is said that her favorite refused to leave her, even on the scaffold

All English Toys seem to have been Black and Tan up to the time of King Charles II (these were later called the King Charles); the different colors emerged much later.

English Toys still possess the natural hunting instinct.

Celebrated professor and physician to Queen Elizabeth refers to the English Toys 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.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Tan 018
Black White & Tan 034
Red 140
Red & White 146


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code