English Toy Chin Spaniel

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4-14 lbs
English Toy Spaniel
Japanese Chin

The English Toy Chin Spaniel is a small and easy to care for dog. They were created from the English Toy Chin Spaniel and the Japanese Chin, both of which are very smart and affectionate pets. Due to their small size and low energy levels, these dogs will be perfectly suited for the elderly or people who live in an apartment. These dogs are not suited for life with small children, but will love to spend time with people who are older and know how to gently give them attention. These dogs should be relatively healthy and will have lifespans ranging from between 10 and 14 years.

Date of Origin
English Toy Chin Spaniel, Japanese Chin

English Toy Chin Spaniel Health

Average Size
Male English Toy Chin Spaniel size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 4-14 lbs
Female English Toy Chin Spaniel size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 4-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Distichiasis
  • Refractory Corneal Ulceration
  • Glaucoma
  • Ear Infections
  • Congestive Heart Failure
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinalysis
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Optical Examination
  • Endocardiogram
  • Cardiac Ultrasound

English Toy Chin Spaniel Breed History

The popularity of designer dog breeds has been on the rise lately, which led to the development of many new kinds of dogs. The history of the English Toy Chin Spaniel begins with the creation of the parent breeds. English Toy Chin Spaniels originate from Asia. In the early 16th century, the ancestors of these dogs, which are most likely the Japanese Chin and the Pekinese, were brought to Japan from Europe. Some artwork of the English Toy Chin Spaniel was featured at this time, where they were often used as lapdogs for royalty. The popularity of the breed spread to Europe in the 17th century, and then eventually England. They were the favorites of the King Charles I and King Charles II, and would often be found roaming free throughout the palace. This is also how they got their English name of the King Charles Spaniel. These dogs were well known in Britain, even through the Stuart dynasty. However, the 1688 Revolution was a tougher time for the breed. These dogs were mixed with the Pug when William and Mary of Orange claimed the throne. The addition to the ancestry changed their physical appearance drastically from the ones depicted in the ancient artwork. The Japanese Chin come from lapdogs in the Chinese aristocracy and are considered royalty in Japan. The complete history of this breed is not documented, but some artifacts found in ancient Chinese temples show that they are a very old breed. There are several theories describing how the breed was brought to Japan. One is that, in the 6th century, these dogs were brought from China by Zen Buddhists. Another idea is that they were a gift for the Japanese Emperor from a Korean Prince. Others think that a pair of these dogs were presented to the Japanese royal family sometime between the 7th and 10th century. The last speculation is that the breed was brought from the West to Japan on trading ships. These dogs are very closely related to the Pekinese.

English Toy Chin Spaniel Breed Appearance

This designer breed will be physically similar to both of the parent breeds. The English Toy Chin Spaniel is described as being cute and small, with a flat face and a domed head. Their ribcages are broad, and the eyes are large and dark. Their ears are feathered, long and low set. In most cases, the tails of this breed will be docked. Japanese Chins are tiny dogs with short and broad faces. Their stop is well defined and the foreheads are round. They have wide noses that are black or will match the color of the coat. These dogs have protruding eyes which are dark and almond-shaped. The teeth on these dogs will meet either in an underbite or an even bite. The ears of this breed are v-shaped and pendant, and the body type of the dog is square, proportional and as high as they are long. Your English Toy Chin Spaniel will have a cute mix of the two spritely parent dogs.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown English Toy Chin Spaniel eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Toy Chin Spaniel nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black English Toy Chin Spaniel coat
white English Toy Chin Spaniel coat
red English Toy Chin Spaniel coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
English Toy Chin Spaniel straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Toy Chin Spaniel Breed Maintenance

Since these dogs look like both parents, they will have similar maintenance levels as well. The fur located on the face, ears and back legs of the English Toy Chin Spaniel will need some extra care, as they can get dirty easily. Their coat can also get matted, which can cause skin infections or hair loss. Therefore, they will need frequent brushing. To preserve the coat, gently work on the matts instead of brushing them out vigorously. You should bathe your English Toy Chin Spaniel once or twice every month with a doggy shampoo and conditioner. They can get messy when eating and should have their faces wiped clean after meals. They also need their eyes wiped often with a damp sponge. The Japanese Chin has a long coat but is easy to maintain. They will need to be brushed quickly every day, and a more thorough brush once a week is suggested to maintain the long and silky fur. Other maintenance requirements include having their teeth brushed every day or at least two to three times per week, and nails trimmed every month or two. Clean out their ears once a week, especially since dogs with long and hanging ears are more prone to infections.

Brushes for English Toy Chin Spaniel
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
English Toy Chin Spaniel requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Toy Chin Spaniel Temperament

The temperament of the hybrid English Toy Chin Spaniel will lie somewhere between that of its parents. The English Toy Chin Spaniel is a very friendly and easy-going dog breed. They can be choosy about who they love most, but if you are a chosen one you will have to endure endless affection. These dogs are playful and happy, but quiet and not overly demanding. They will absolutely love spending time with their loved ones, but need some time to be alone as well. The English Toy Chin Spaniel is energetic around family members, but can be reserved when near strangers. If these dogs feel uncomfortable or nervous they can snap, and will not do well around young children. They love to please their owners but can sometimes be stubborn. As long as they get properly introduced, this breed will behave around other dogs and pets, although they prefer human companionship. These dogs do not usually bark and will not be good guard dogs. Japanese Chin are very loving pets who adore their owners, and expect the same affection in return. These dogs are playful but mischievous dogs. They are not independent dogs and need loving human companionship. They are easy to train.

English Toy Chin Spaniel Activity Requirements

The low activity level of the English Toy Chin Spaniel makes them very easy to care for. They will only need small walks or time to play in the yard, and then they will be ready for a nap. This inquisitive but patient dog has a low energy level, and only needs a short daily walk and yard time. These dogs will adapt to the schedules of their owners. They do not need to be exercised for a long time, about 20 to 40 minutes of activity per day should be plenty.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

English Toy Chin Spaniel Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

English Toy Chin Spaniel Owner Experiences

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