American Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniel is a medium-sized, sturdy dog. Their head is rounded with a pronounced stop, and their muzzle is broad and deep with square, even jaws. The Cocker Spaniel coat comes in any solid color, black with tan points, merle, solid color with tan points, and parti-color. Bold and keen to work, the American Cocker Spaniel is an ex-gundog turned household pet.
The Cocker Spaniel dates back as far as the 14th century. The breed originated from the English Cocker Spaniels which were brought to the United States. The Spaniels were bred down in size and given the name American Cocker Spaniels, officially called simply the “Cocker Spaniel” by the AKC. The American Cocker Spaniel is more popular than the original English Cocker Spaniel, which are slightly different in appearance, with longer muzzles and larger bodies.
The Cocker Spaniel was a hunting-gun dog able to work in difficult terrain in both wet and dry land. They are excellent at flushing and retrieving game with a gentle mouth. They listen to commands well. The name “Cocker” comes from the woodcock, a game bird the dogs were known for flushing.
Cheerful, gentle, and sweet, this breed is of average intelligence and is respectful to human companions. Amusing, trustworthy, and charming with an ever-wagging tail, they are active, playful, and devoted, but should be socialized well at a young age to avoid a tendency for shyness. Properly socialized Cocker Spaniels can interact well with children. They love everyone and need firm, loving leadership and daily exercise to be happy. They are mostly easy to train and get along well with other animals. However, they can be difficult to housebreak.
- Height: 14 – 15 inches
- Weight: 15 – 30 pounds
- Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
- Grooming: Wipe daily under the eyes. Bathe and brush frequently.
Care & Health
American Cocker Spaniels have plenty of stamina and need regular exercise. They should be taken on daily, long walks. Some major health concerns in American Cocker Spaniels include cataracts, glaucoma, and patellar lunation.
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