Definition of spaniel in English:
- In the Middle Ages, a type of spaniel was bred, the ancestor of some of our modern spaniels, that would naturally crouch when it located game.
- I have also seen under-exercised dogs, spaniels in particular, lie around in a depressed and emotionally blackmailing way, glancing with sad brown eyes out of the window until you give in and throw yourself into a gale force 9.
- The feet should be examined daily, especially the hairy types of dog such as spaniels, for the presence of thorns.
The Spanish origin of this breed is shown in the name, which is a form of Old French espaigneul ‘Spanish [dog]’. The breed had long had a reputation for its submissive nature, and is first found used as an adjective in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar ‘Low-crooked-curtsies, and base Spaniell fawning.’ This sense is most often found today in the expression Spaniel eyes.
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