Engatzu Spaniel

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12-14 lbs
Unites States
English Toy Spaniel
Shih Tzu
The Engatzu Spaniel is a small hybrid dog that is the result of crossing the Shih Tzu with the English Toy Spaniel. They are attractive small dogs, with long silky coats that come in a variety of colors. These dogs are naturally cheerful, alert and devoted to their owners. The Engatzu Spaniel is a true people's dog, they love to be part of whatever you are doing and don’t like being left alone for prolonged periods of time. They make ideal family dogs, and are generally tolerant of the rough play of young children but do supervise very young children with them as they can unintentionally harm a small dog. Because they are not the most active of dogs, they do well as house dogs and even better in apartments.
Companion dog, Watchdog, Agility and Competitive Obedience
Date of Origin
English Toy Spaniel and Shih Tzu

Engatzu Spaniel Health

Average Size
Male Engatzu Spaniel size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 12-14 lbs
Female Engatzu Spaniel size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 12-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Spinal Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cherry Eye
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Tests
  • Ocular Tests
  • Skin Scrapings
  • Electroretinogram (ERG)

Engatzu Spaniel Breed History

The Engatzu Spaniel has little history data available, but looking at the parent dog breed history can provide an understanding of its possible characteristics. The Shih Tzu is an ancient breed steeped in mystery. Debate still rages to whether its origin is Tibet or China, but it is clear that this small dog was a treasured companion. They reportedly resemble little lions, and they became popular in 1861 in the Imperial Court in China. These dogs were so treasured that anyone harming them were immediately put to death! Empress Tzu Hsi’s had a great love of animals and implemented a breeding program for the Shih Tzu. The dogs were often given in pairs as a gift to visiting noblemen or people of prominent position. In 1933 Lady Brownrigg's kennels in England began breeding the Shih Tzu, and they were the first to import and breed the Shih Tzu in the United States. In 1969 the breed was recognised by the American Kennel Club as a member of the Toy Group. The English Toy Spaniel also has royalty in its history, having been the favorite of the royal courts. Mary Queen of Scots, was a great fan of the small spaniel as was her grandsons, Charles l and Charles ll. They originally had a pointed muzzle but cross breeding with the Japanese Chin and the Pug resulted in a dog with the short muzzle we know today. They are not to be confused with the King Charles Cavalier which has is slightly larger and a longer nose. They both were considered one breed but over time have developed into separate breeds.

Engatzu Spaniel Breed Appearance

The Engatzu Spaniel is a compact and sturdy small dog with a body that is slightly longer that it is tall. The muzzle is short with an inch or less from the tip of the nose to the defined stop. The domed head, large dark eyes, and long often fringed ears are complemented with a flowing silky coat. The length of the coat varies depending on what parent they inherit their genes from. Their legs are straight and well boned, and their tail is set high and carried over the back or could be docked at two to four inches long as is the parent English Toy Spaniel. The tail is adorned with silky feathering. Because they have a short muzzle they are sensitive to heat exhaustion, so limit their time outside on hot days. It is accepted that hybrid dogs can vary in appearance greatly, depending on the parent percentage of genes, but one thing is certain for the Engatzu Spaniel, it will be an attractive, adorable little dog.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Engatzu Spaniel eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Engatzu Spaniel nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Engatzu Spaniel coat
red Engatzu Spaniel coat
brown Engatzu Spaniel coat
black Engatzu Spaniel coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Engatzu Spaniel curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Engatzu Spaniel Breed Maintenance

The Engatzu’s long silky coat does take a bit more grooming than short haired dogs. A thorough daily brushing with a stiff bristle brush will keep the coat tangle free and in good condition. Bathing is on a needs basis, as they are generally very clean little dogs. Using a dog shampoo and soap will prevent any allergies or drying out of their skin. The eyes often need to be checked as the long hair can sometimes irritate the eyes, and the ears can be prone to infection so check these areas regularly. Train them early as pups to get them used to the teeth brushing routine, and life will be easier when they are older. A clip of the nails will complete the routine. Your dog may need occasional clipping around the eyes from an experienced dog groomer.
Brushes for Engatzu Spaniel
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Engatzu Spaniel requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Engatzu Spaniel Temperament

The Engatzu Spaniel is a cute, loveable and happy small dog. They enjoy playing with their family and love new toys, which is lucky because they do tend to wreck their old toys quickly. They are dependent on their family and don’t like being alone for long. These little dogs make surprisingly good watchdogs, and will alert you to anyone new on the property. They are easy to train because of their willingness to please, and their higher than average intelligence. They will respond best to firm but kind training.  The Engatzu Spaniel is an ideal dog for families that live in small units or apartments as they are not overly energetic and don’t require a lot of room. Happy, cheerful and playful describes this dog, if socialised well when young they will be easy to introduce to other people and dogs. A warm lap and lots of attention is a must for this dependant fluffy pooch.

Engatzu Spaniel Activity Requirements

While it is easy to say that the Engatzu Spaniel is not very active, there are exceptions to this rule with some dogs inheriting the instinct to chase anything that moves. They usually prefer sitting on your lap to heavy exercise, but will enjoy going for a stroll around the neighbourhood or along the beach with the family. Walking each day is a wonderful way to keep your Engatzu Spaniel healthy. They are easy to train and learn quickly with positive training and lots of praise and rewards.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Engatzu Spaniel Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Engatzu Spaniel Owner Experiences

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