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English Cocker Spaniel

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Cocker Spaniel AKC Group: Sporting
Height: 16-17 inches male; 15-16 inches female
Weight: 28-34 lbs male; 26-32 lbs female
Colors: Solid black, liver, or red; black and tan; liver and tan; any of these colors on a white background either particolored, ticked, or roan
AKC recognized in: 1946

English Cocker Spaniels are compact dogs with ears hanging low to their necks. Their ears are covered with silky and long hair, while their bodies are covered with medium-length hair. They are usually seen in very perky moods. Their whole bodies vibrate with all the energy they have stored up. Their soft eyes might make you think that they are weak and vulnerable, but actually, they are tough workers and strong-minded companions. Their powerful gaits make them excellent for hunting and retrieving in the densest covers and upland terrains.

The English Cocker Spaniel was originally bred to serve as a hunting and retrieving companion. It is one of the oldest types of Spaniels and is a direct descendant of Spaniels from Spain. Years ago, it was the perfect assistant for hunting in dense forest covers because of its hardworking trait and the amazing strength of its gait. It immediately captured the hearts of Americans who eventually formed the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America during the year 1935. The group tried to promote the interest of Cocker spaniels by convincing people that they were different from the American-type cocker. By the year 1946, the AKC recognized this fact and declared the English Cocker Spaniel as different from the American Cocker Spaniel.

The English cocker is always bubbling with enthusiasm and energy. Some of them are used for show, while others are still conventionally used as field or working type breeds.


English Cocker Spaniel Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals five paws
Friendliness: Other Pets five paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

English Cocker Spaniels are always bubbling with energy and enthusiasm. Their playful, affectionate, and lovable traits make them excellent for children. They are also able to get along well with family cats, unlike other dog breeds. Their lively disposition and intelligence also makes them perfect for rigorous dog training. They are very obedient and they are able to distinguish the specific tone of their owner's voice.

However, they must experience socialization at a very young age. Failure to do so may cause them to become excessively shy and timid toward strangers. If you want to maintain the lively and affectionate trait of an English Cocker Spaniel, then you must allow it to socialize with people other than your family members. This will help it familiarize with other people better.

They do well in apartments, if they are allowed to exercise regularly. They can survive well in any environment, as long as their owners give them the right amount of care and supervision they need.

Their coats must be regularly brushed and combed. Excessive hair can be trimmed, but the trimmed hair should seem as natural as possible.

Health and Exercise

The English Cocker Spaniel has a life span of between 12 and 14 years.

They are prone to ear infections, especially during summertime. In order to lessen the possibilities of ear infections, their ears should be regularly checked. Excessive earwax should also be removed. Overfeeding should be avoided because they easily gain weight.

Daily walk and sufficient physical exercise is required to the caring of an English cocker. They love exercising, and they would accept any amount of exercise you introduce to them.

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