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Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is a playful sporting breed. They enjoy being with their human family, and being out in the field or in water.

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Physical Characteristics
  • Small, dense build
  • Long ears
  • Docked tail
  • Coat: Long, fine, smooth hair comes in solid black, cream, red, brown or parti-colored markings which is white with colored markings
  • Height: 14-15 inches
  • Weight: 26-34 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 13-14 years
  • Smart, friendly, energetic, gentle, work-oriented, affectionate, eager to please
  • Interaction with people: Good with children; good dog for seniors
  • Level of attention needed: Needs significant human interaction
  • Training: Easily trained; respects authority. Needs early socialization
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • Adaptable to all living environments
  • Needs daily walks
  • Needs small yard
  • Average shedder
  • Long coats require gentle, daily brushing
  • Clipped coats required regular trimming
  • Clean eyes regularly
  • Clean ears regularly
Other Facts
  • Smallest breed of the sporting spaniels
  • Popular companion pet in North America, Central America, South America and Japan
  • Rutherford B. Hayes had a Cocker Spaniel named Dot
  • Also a good watchdog, hunter, tracker and retriever
Breed History
  • Originated in the 1800s in the U.S.
  • Descendent of the English Cocker Spaniel
  • This breed is named for the "woodcock," a game bird these dogs were known for flushing
  • Originally used for hunting and companionship
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the American Spaniel Club For breed rescue opportunities, visit Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue
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