The Cocker Spaniel is active, enthusiastic and easy going. They are affectionate and do very well with children of all sizes. This gentle breed enjoys being taken for walks and being close with their family. The Cocker Spaniel is loyal, rarely aggressive and is easily trained.
Their coat is soft and medium in length on the chest, ears & legs. The coat around the head and face is smooth and short. The Cocker Spaniel’s hair can be wooly with a longer feathering on the legs.
The most common color for the Cocker Spaniel is the buff color. Other colors may include black & tan, black, chocolate, chocolate & tan, red, sable and cream.
Daily brushing is recommended to avoid tangling and matting of their coat. It should take no longer than 10 minutes a day to help maintain their silky coat. Bathe when necessary. The Cockers eyes and ears are sensitive and will need cleaned with a damp cloth to help avoid infection or other health issues, including tear staining around the eyes.
The Cocker Spaniel life expectancy is between 12 - 15 years. One of the biggest health risks with the Cocker Spaniel breed is Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA). This condition is primarily found in females. Other health concerns include:
• Ear Problems
• Eye Problems (Cataracts, Cherry Eye)
This Cocker Spaniel descended from Spaniels, one of the oldest breeds of dogs. It is believed the Spaniel arrived during Caesar’s reign. Spaniels were originally bred for hunting and retrieval. The Cocker Spaniel that we know today began being bred in the United States through selective breeding programs. These programs brought the breed size down and made for a better companion dog.
The Cocker Spaniel was first registered with the AKC in 1878 and grouped as Sporting.