English Toy Spaniel

Forty years and dozens of dogs later, Susan Jackson remembers Julie, her first English Toy Spaniel, with tremendous fondness.

Julie was 5 months old when she figured out that an older Pug in the house frequently stole the best seat — an easy chair often occupied by Jacksons grandfather. But the young pup discovered that if she ran into the kitchen and barked, the Pug followed, allowing Julie the chance to seize the throne.

The Pug would run to the kitchen to see what the fuss was about. Then he would come back and find there wasn’t any room in the chair, laughs Jackson, a longtime breeder and secretary for the English Toy Spaniel Club of America. English Toys are smart — sneaky smart.

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