English Toy Spaniels are a little dog with a storied past including being the favored companion of Mary I, Queen of Scotland. When one of these noble dogs joins your family it is important to find the right name for them. Being of English origins, a name that also has English roots would be a great way to pay homage to their ancestry and give them a name that is not necessarily common in your neighborhood. English Toy Spaniels are fun, loyal small dogs that have graced royal courts and common homes around the world. While not the most popular small dog, they do have a large following of breed enthusiasts.
English Toy Spaniel Dog Names in Pop Culture
Most people are familiar with the English Toy Spaniel; however, this little dog has been a favored pet in the English royal court for centuries. One of the most famous English Toy Spaniels is Dash, the beloved pet of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Dash was Queen Victoria’s constant companion for nine years. He died on December 20, 1840 and was buried at Adelaide Cottage in Windsor Home Park. The Queen was grief stricken and as a way to mourn Dash and honor his unfailing devotion to her she ordered a marble memorial be erected over his grave. She had the following as part of his epitaph put on the memorial: “His fidelity without deceit, READER If you would be beloved and die regretted, profit by the example of Dash.”
Another famous spaniel was a black and white little English Toy Spaniel owned by Mary I, Queen of Scotland. While this little dog’s name has been lost through the years, the story of his devotion has lived on in the hearts of historians. Mary I was beheaded in 1587 and the story claims her devoted little spaniel refused to leave her side and hid under her skirts when she was beheaded. After her death, her beloved pet mourned her death and refused to leave her side. Historians claim the little dog died from grief a few days after Mary I was killed. While this was a very devoted pet, he was not her first or only English Toy Spaniel. She brought several of these small dogs with her when she journeyed from France to Scotland.
The English Toy Spaniel became exceedingly popular during the reign of King Charles II in the 17th century. King Charles II deeply loved the English Toy Spaniel and was an advocate for the breed. He claimed they were the best comforter after a stressful day of dealing with those at court. Because of his work with the breed, the English Toy Spaniel became widely accepted as the King Charles Spaniel. The King Charles Spaniel is not the same as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; these are two distinctly separate breeds. Queen Elizabeth also has loved these dainty toy dogs. The English Toy Spaniel has been referred to by numerous royal physicians as the great comforter because of the love and devotion they give their royal masters. King Charles II and Queen Elizabeth both are believed to have called the English Toy Spaniel their greatest joy and comfort after dealing with the stresses of running a country.
English Toy Spaniel Dog Name Considerations
Many people fall in love with these adorable and devoted little dogs and want to find a name that fits their royal ancestry as well as their unique personality. Obviously these are small toy breed dogs and therefore a tough or harsh name simply would sound odd. English Toy Spaniels are happy, loyal, elegant dogs with a great sense of humor. Therefore a fun name such as Alfie which means elf-like would probably more appropriate than Spike. Cute or fun names such as Chester, Toby or Betsy may be a nice fit and showcase their English roots. Maybe you would like to embody Queen Victoria’s beloved dog, and name your new English Toy Spaniel Dash.
When trying to decide
on a name for your new English Toy Spaniel, take your time and make a list of
the names that you like. Involve the entire family and give each family member
a chance to chime in and add a name to the list. Once you have compiled several
names, talk it out and take a vote to decide on your top three choices. Research
your top three names; maybe one will just fit their personality. Keep a listen
around your neighborhood; you do not want to name your new puppy the same name
as another dog nearby. This will eliminate confusion when you are out walking