English Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed Information


English Cocker Spaniel Quick Facts
English Cocker Spaniel
Breed Group: Sporting
Origen: Originally known as spaniel-type dog, who was imported into England
Nickname: Cocker, Merry Cocker
Weight: 25-35 lbs.
Height: 14-17 inches
Color(s): Black, black/white, blue roan, liver, liver/white, liver roan, golden, red, red/white, red roan, orange/white, orange roan, lemon/white, lemon roan, sable and sable/white.


English Cocker Spaniel Appearance

The English Cocker Spaniel is a well-balanced, small, compact, solid looking dog, with a handsome appearance and a beautiful silky coat. He practically vibrates with energy and enthusiasm, particularly when at work in the field. Although known for its soft, melting spaniel expression, the breed is a tough worker. These dogs weigh in at 25-32 pounds for females and around 28-35 pounds for males. The height of the female English Cocker Spaniel is around 14-16 inches, and the height of the male is around 17 inches. The coat of the English Cocker Spaniel is flat, long, and silky, and has beautiful, long silky ears that frame his sweet face. His coat can be solid-colored (black, liver or shades of red) or parti-colored.

English Cocker Spaniel Temperament

The English Cocker Spaniel is an intelligent, sturdy and robust dog, eager to please and a quick learner, this makes training easy. However, housebreaking can sometime be a problem and some English Cocker Spaniels can be chronic barkers. When it comes to children these dogs are generally very good, and they are also very friendly with strangers in most instances. The English Cocker is merry and affectionate, of equable disposition, neither sluggish nor hyperactive, a willing worker and a faithful and engaging companion.

Is English Cocker Spaniel the Right Dog Breed for You?

The English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent family companion due to its even character and trainability. Whether working in the field or at home, their tails rarely stop wagging. The breed can live in any environment provided it receives daily exercise.

The English Cocker Spaniel will get along well with other pets too, making this breed ideal for families with other pets. Some English Cocker Spaniels can have a stubborn nature and this can result in possessiveness when it comes to things like his toys.

English Cocker Spaniel Life expectancy

Most English Cockers live long and happy lives, many living 12-15 years with proper health care. This breed typically lives about a year longer than the smaller American Cocker Spaniel. The most common causes of death include cancer, old age, cardiac and kidney problems.

English Cocker Spaniel Health problems

Generally, the English Cocker is a healthy breed in general, but there are some health problems that have been linked to the breed. As spaniels, with big ears, care needs to be taken to keep ears clean to avoid infections. Also they can have skin problems, which can be helped by a good diet.

The breed has two prominent genetic problems these are: Progressive Retinal Atrophy/Progressive Rod/Cone Degeneration. This is a recessive gene that causes early blindness-though the age can vary from early to after 12 years, Another major health concern is Familial Nephropathy, a recessive gene that causes kidney failure at a young age.

Other common health issues with English Cockers are bite problems, skin allergies, shyness, aggression towards other dogs, benign tumors, and thyroid problems may also be a problem in some cases.

English Cocker Spaniel Care and Grooming

English Cocker Spaniels will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised and stimulation to stay physically healthy. They do best with at least an average-sized yard.

English Cockers are long coated dogs and some grooming is required every 4-6 weeks. You will need to plan on keeping up with grooming on a regular basis, including brushing and regular stripping or clipping. Bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. Check the ears for grass seeds and signs of infection.

English Cocker Spaniel Shedding

English Cocker Spaniels shed quite a bit. Their hairs come off on your hands when you pet them, stick to your upholstery and clothing, and hide under the furniture.