Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed Information

Cocker Spaniel Quick Facts
Cocker Spaniel
Breed Group: Gundog, Sporting group
Origen: United States of America
Nickname: American Cocker Spaniel
Weight: 18 to 26 lbs
Height: 14 to 16 inches
Color(s): Black, including, Solid black, Black with tan points or Brown (Chocolate)

Cocker Spaniel Appearance

The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest of the hunting dogs, sometime he is just called Cocker Spaniel and is developed from the English cocker spaniel and breed as a woodcock hunter and companions.

The Cocker Spaniel is a pretty, dignified, and elegant looking dog, with a silky, medium length coat and a shorter, undercoat. This small, compact dog is square in shape, the head has a rounded look and the ears hang down and his expression is alert, soft and appealing. The tail is often docked, though is only required for show, and is recommended for American Cocker Spaniels who hunt. Coat colors are described extensively in the Standard. These dogs are about 14-16 inches in height, and the weight of the Cocker Spaniel is around 18-26 pounds

Cocker Spaniel Temperament

This breed is known as the “Merry” cocker, it is playful, cheerful, amiable, sweet, sensible, willing to please and responsive to its family wishes. It is known for retaining its hunting instincts, but it is inquisitive and will appreciate a country outing. It is equally at home in the city and will happily walk on leash for its exercise needs. Some of them bark a lot, some are overly submissive.

Is Cocker Spaniel the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Cocker Spaniel is a sociable and amiable dog with a cheerful outlook on life and a responsive attitude. He is highly intelligent making him a stand-out at obedience training. The Cocker Spaniel is a dog that will usually be pretty easy to train, and will be fine for the more inexperienced dog owner as well as more experienced owners. They are active, playful and devoted, but should be socialized well when they are young to avoid a tendency for shyness.

Despite their small size, the Cocker Spaniel is still an active Sporting breed that needs daily exercise. It adjust well to city, suburban or rural life and can be and ideal pet for an elderly person as long as it is provided with daily walks. Cockers are intelligent, gentle dogs that thrive as part of a family, however, Cockers are not recommended to families with young children. Many Cocker Spaniels have behavioral problems resulting in defensive biting.

Cocker Spaniel Life expectancy

The Cocker Spaniel life expectancy is 12-15 years.

Cocker Spaniel Health problems

The most common health problems are cataract, glaucoma, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and patellar luxation. It’s also important to pay special attention to his diet as they have the tendency to become overweight.

Some concerns could be CHD (Canine hip dysplasia), ectropion, entropion, allergies, otitis external, liver disease, urinary stones, cherry eye, cardiomyopathy and hypothyroidism.

Cocker Spaniel Care and Grooming

Although the Cocker Spaniel enjoys a romp, he can receive adequate exercise with a long daily walk on leash. The coat require a greater commitment than most of the other breeds, although they can be clipped short, in order to maintain a nice coat, it will need to be brushed and combed two to three times a week, in addition to professional clipping. and scissoring every month. Special attention must be paid to ear and eye cleanliness. The profuse coated feet tend to carry debris.

Cocker Spaniel Shedding

Cocker Spaniel is a medium shedder, which means that he is not ideal for those with allergies.