Of all the races of Dogs, the Spaniel is perhaps the most timid, fond, and affectionate—the most grateful for kindness, the most patient under ill treatment. If punished, it receives the chastisement with submission, and looks in the face of its offended master with an expression of humble sorrow for having been the cause of his anger; and the instant that the punishment is over, it comes courting the caresses of the hand that had inflicted the stripes, and asking again to be received into favour. At the slightest look of encouragement, its joy at the reconciliation seems to know no bounds, and is expressed by the liveliest indications of delight, jumping and fawning upon the person of him who had just before been inflicting bodily pain and mental distress — capering round him, and barking loudly with ecstasy.
"Inflicted the stripes"? I hope that's simply typical Victorian bombast. Illustration and selection from A History of British Quadrupeds, Including the Cetacea,Thomas Bell (London: John Van Voorst, 1837) pp. 222-223.
If you're interested to read a little more of Bell's Dickensian-flavored tribute on the longsuffering spaniel, here's the following paragraph, and you'll see why I didn't include it above!