Continental Toy Spaniel

Continental Toy Spaniels are small harmonious dogs that come in two variants: Phalene and Papillon. They are affectionate, lively, gentle, and kind dogs. These dogs should never be aggressive. The main difference between the two variants is their ears. Ears of the Phalene are set much higher than eye level and the ears of the Papillon are set high and turned to the side.

Continental Toy Spaniel


8–11 in (20–28 cm)

Continental Toy Spaniel


5–10 lb (2–4.5 kg)

Continental Toy Spaniel


France, Belgium

Continental Toy Spaniel

Life Expectancy:

14-16 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Continental Toy Spaniel needs weekly brushing to keep their coat looking good. With these dogs, all colors are admitted with a white background.

The rest is basic care. Like any other dog, Continental Toy Spaniel will also require regular teeth cleaning and bathing. Weekly check their ears for any sign of infection or bad odor which can indicate an infection. Their nails need to be trimmed if you hear them clicking on the floor.


Continental Toy Spaniels dogs are medium active and they will need a proper amount of daily activities to be happy. Playing with his owner in the house, chasing the ball, or just long walks can all do the trick and keep this dog satisfied. If you provide him with enough daily activities you don’t have to worry that your dog will miss behave.


As with all other dogs, even Continental Toy Spaniel requires proper and early socialization in order to trust your dog. With correct socialization, your dog will learn how it’s supposed to behave in many different situations he may find himself in. The socialization process starts as soon as you bring your Continental Toy Spaniel puppy home. Expose him to many different situations, people, dogs, and sounds.

They can learn to react accordingly and understand that they don’t need to be scared of strangers and other dogs. They can adapt to any environment as long as you secure them with plenty of physical and mental activity.

Continental Toy Spaniel and kids

Continental Toy Spaniel is best suited for a household with older kids who knows how to properly interact with the dog. They get along great with all family members and love spending time with them.

Continental Toy Spaniel and other animals

Continental Toy Spaniel gets along with other dogs and enjoys their company. With proper socialization, you don't have to worry that your dog will become aggressive or wouldn't get along with other dogs.


Every dog can develop some health problems and Continental Toy Spaniel also can suffer from some conditions. To be sure that you will end up with the dog with the best possible health, always buy Continental Toy Spaniel from a responsible dog breeder. Responsible breeders will regularly check their breeding dogs to ensure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.

Continental Toy Spaniel can suffer from:

  • Patellar luxation
  • Seizures
  • Dental problems
  • PRA – progressive retinal atrophy
  • allergies

Continental Toy Spaniel breeders

When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Continental Toy Spaniel breeder. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Continental Toy Spaniel breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money, but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy. If you are unable to buy a dog, we advise you to search for local animal shelters because there is a chance you can find a Continental Toy Spaniel dog in it.


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Updated at11.05.2021.