The English Toy Spaniel, also known as the King Charles Dog, the King Charlie, the Black and Tan Spaniel, the E.T or simply the “Charlie”, is a big dog in a small package, famous for its long, flowing coat and association with the rich and famous. English Toy Spaniels are called King Charles Spaniels in their country of origin. Not surprisingly, they are often mistaken for their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cousins. The English Toy Spaniel’s ancestors came from the Far East to Europe during the 16th century, probably as gifts from Japanese Emperors to English royalty. Although most spaniels originally were bred to be hunting dogs, the English Toy Spaniel has always been a spoiled lapdog. This is a cheerful, affectionate, extremely friendly dog that makes an ideal indoor companion. The Charlie lives happily in apartments and urban homes and plays well with children.