King Charles Spaniel description, food, diseases.
Toy spaniels were a favorite pet lap dog in Europe, with each
family having its favorite. Charles II of England, Scotland and
Ireland (1630 – 1685) was very fond of this type of dog, which is
why the dogs of today carry his name, although there is no evidence
that today's breed descended from his particular dogs. With the
expansion of trade in the 17th and 18th centuries, pugs and other
dogs arrived from other parts of the world, and became popular pets;
this led to breeding with the spaniel lap dogs.
The King Charles Spaniel is easy-going, affectionate and happy.
King Charles Spaniels get on well with children, other dogs and
strangers. They are suited for apartment living and enjoy being
with their family and receiving plenty of attention. They are intelligent
and learn quickly when being trained. King Charles Spaniels are
sociable and adaptable which makes them ideal family pets.
Long, silky, straight coat. Slight waviness permissible. They are
average shedders. No trimming or stripping is needed. Regular brushing
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. The ears of the King Charles
Spaniel are very long and set low and close to the head, fringed
with heavy feathering.
King Charles Spaniel health and diseases problems
Some bloodlines are prone to respiratory ailments, heart disease,
slipped stifle, patella luxation, cataracts, inguinal hernias, eye
problems and ear infections. The eyes and ears should be cleaned
to avoid some of these problems. Like many other short-faced breeds,
the English Toy Spaniel may wheeze and snore. He/she may have trouble
breathing in hot weather or with over-exertion, because of its short