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English Toy Spaniel
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  • Most authorities agree that the English Toy has its origins in the East, namely Japan (traveling to Europe as part of royal presents).
  • Evidence that the English Toy was a favorite of Mary Queen of Scots, where it is said that her favorite refused to leave her, even on the scaffold.
  • All English Toys seem to have been Black and Tan up to the time of King Charles II (these were later called the King Charles); the different colors emerged much later.
  • English Toys still possess the natural hunting instinct.
  • Celebrated professor and physician to Queen Elizabeth refers to the English Toys as "Spaniell Gentle, otherwise called the Comforter."
  • In the U.S. the breed has appeared in the AKC's records since the club was founded. Before 1903 all four colors were classified as separate breeds for show purposes, but were permitted to intermix for breeding. But in 1904 the AKC ruled that they should be combined into one breed, the English Toy Spaniel, and shown in two color varieties: King Charles and Ruby; and Prince Charles and Blenheim.

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