Big eyes, floppy fluffy ears, and a sweet-as-pie temperament -- it’s hard not to fall in love with an English King Spaniel. A cross between a King Charles Spaniel and an English Toy Spaniel, these pups are one of the most affectionate breeds out there. However, this means that they can be a little clingy, and don’t like being left alone. You’ll have to make sure that they’re included in your life!
Although they are, charitably put, not the brightest buttons in the box, their eagerness to please makes English Kings relatively easy to train. Although they have relatively low exercise needs, they are playful little guys, and prefer their activity to come in the form of a game. Read on to find out how to keep your English King as healthy and happy as can be!
English Kings love to chase -- though whether they see the birds, butterflies and smaller critters they run after as prey or future friends rather depends on the dog. Though chasing is a natural behavior for these lovable mutts, it can become dangerous. You don’t want your doggo chasing cars, cats or (heaven forbid) the mailman!
Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can train your canine companion to keep safe without discouraging the behavior entirely. Best of all, this type of training can be furrific fun!
Make no bones about it, these pooches love to be pampered! And doing doggy relaxation at home doesn’t just save you money on professional dog groomers -- it’s also a great bonding experience for you and your four-pawed pal! After all, your buddy wants to spend time with you, and a DIY Spaniel spa day is a paw-fect way to show them a little love.
Plus, spending some time with a happy pupper is a great way to destress! Even though it’s your doggo getting treated, you might find your own stress melting away. You can take it further and do a few treatments for yourself -- there’s no harm in having a face mask on while you bathe your buddy.
English Kings need a lot of human companionship, but it’s always good to let your four-pawed pal make their own furry friends, too! Though English Kings are generally very friendly, it can still take them a while to get used to other dogs, and a sleepover is a great op-paw-tunity to get them to bond with fellow fur-balls.
If you’re on good terms with another pet parent, why not invite their canine companion over for a slumber party? If your friend is going out of town, asking their buddy to stay is a great way to get some brownie points (and increase the likelihood of them returning the favor).
It should be clear by now that your English King will be happiest by your side, so while you can’t have your dog with you all the time, it’s best to include them wherever possible. Let them join you when you’re gardening, take them on a hike, or even try kite flying. Just make sure that they have a firm grasp of the "heel" command -- it wouldn’t do to have them wandering off.
If you own an English King, you’ll know that these furry friends love to run free. They should be unrestrained in your backyard, of course, but regular trips to the dog park are also a good idea. You might also want to investigate trails and beaches in your area to see if they allow free-roaming furballs -- a change of scenery is always fun!