American Cocker Spaniel
The “Cocker” as it is commonly referred, is the smallest member of the Sporting group and is typically up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder and between 15-30 pounds in weight. Originally bred in England, American dog breeders over time developed a smaller, more compact dog from its English origins and in the 20th Century, the breed became a separate, distinct breed from its English Cocker Spaniel roots.
Greatly appreciated as a devoted companion with a sweet and affectionate nature towards all people and especially children, the Cocker is widely revered as the great American house pet with a devoted following of admirers. Although a member of the sporting group, the Cocker excels in companionship and thrives as a house dog, curled up at your feet and content to enjoy your company, but at a moments notice is up and at the door ready to play fetch, hike, or swim. This breed is versatile, smart, adaptable to most lifestyles, and offers some of the best doggie kisses and cuddling sessions of any breed! While they do not require a lot of space to thrive, this is a breed that finds bonding time with humans extremely important so this is not a breed for a family with little time to spend with their pet as the Cocker wants to be a part of all family activities. Eager to please and happy go lucky, this breed does very well with positive training methods and early socialization. The Cocker is best suited for a home as a pet of a confident owner that enjoys spending time with their dog. As a sporting dog, the Cocker will excel in many dog sports and activities including obedience and field trials.
The Cocker Spaniel comes in wide variety of colors including solid colors, bi-colors and even tri-colors of white, buff, black, chocolate, red, roan, with either brown or green eyes, although the occasional blue eyes have been seen. The coat is soft and luxurious with gorgeous feathering to add to their appeal. The breed has moderate shedding that is maintained with either professional grooming sessions or through consistent brushing at home to remove the dead undercoat and prevent matting. The tail can be natural or docked, and long floppy ears should be cleaned regularly to prevent infection. The breed typically lives 10-16 years.
Similar Looking Breeds: Springer Spaniel, Brittany spaniel, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cockapoo, Cockalier, English Cocker Spaniel
Country of Origin: United States
Original Use: Bird Flushing & Retrieving
Now used for: Spaniel Field Trials, Companion
Weight: 15 – 30lbs
Height: up to 15”
Color: White, Buff, Black, Chocolate, Red, Roan, ASCOB (Any Solid Color other then Black), Parti Color,br.
Coat Type: soft, thick, with feathering on the legs, body and ears.
Shedding: Moderate Shedding
Group: Sporting Group