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American Cocker Spaniel Puppies
Description: The American Cocker Spaniel has a sturdy, compact body and a cleanly chiseled and refined head, with the overall dog in complete balance and of ideal size. This spaniel has long drop ears and a usually docked tail. They have a double coat in which the top coat is silky and medium length, while the under coat is dense. There is intense feathering on the ears, chest, belly and legs. American Cocker Spaniels have a much thicker coat and elegant trousers as opposed to their cousin the English Cocker Spaniel. They come in many colors. Cocker Spaniels can be black as well as ASCOB (Any solid color other than black), parti-colored, and with or without white markings on the chest and throat, or with tan points on them. Known as a merry Cocker, they have charmed themselves into many households through out the world making them the world's most popular household pet. Cocker Spaniels are lively and excited to see people, they relish in their presence. Cockers can adjust well to any setting. They are at home in the city, suburban or rural areas. They have a strong drive to work, are intelligent, affectionate and quite trainable. American Cocker Spaniels may suffer from quite a few inherited health problems, but their affable personality makes up for health concerns. An excellent bird and small-game hunter, American Cocker Spaniels make a great companion, good with children and an all-around friendly pup.
Other Names: Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Cocking Spaniel
Type: Gun Dog
Females: 14 inches. Males: 15 inches. Any Cocker over 15 inches will
be disqualified from the show ring.
Black, jet black, shading of brown or liver in sheen of coat
undesirable; black and tan, brown and tan, with definite tan markings
on jet black or brown body; parti colors and tricolors. They can also
be ASCOB (Any solid color other than black), including chocolate, red,
buff, sable, or cream.
Cocker Spaniels are active, friendly, lively and fun. They love to be
around people and are always willing to please. They can be lazy if
not exercised, but are certainly willing to go out on a walk. They are
affectionate, affable, and very good with kids. They are also good with
other pets. They should never be suspicious or untrustworthy, and should
usually be joyful in appearance and attitude. They are gentle, merry,
outgoing and loving. They do not respond well to harsh training, and
should be trained with a gentle hand. They have a happy nature and fit
in easily to any lifestyle.
They are very alert and conscious of their surroundings.
Care and Training:
Need careful grooming for about forty-five minutes twice a week is definitely
necessary for the American Cocker Spaniel. Daily brushing of the fur,
or once every two days is optimal. Their fur can mat and get dirty easily.
They adapt well to a city dwelling or rural country, but need sufficient
exercise to prevent them from becoming overweight. Daily walks will
do fine to keep the pup healthy and in shape. Cocker Spaniels are trainable
and learn quickly, but do not respond well to harsh training. They should
be trained with a gentle hand.
- Medium. Outdoors - High. Cocker Spaniels are lively when excited.
Health Issues: The Cocker Spaniel is quite hardy, but may experience a variety of inherited disorders such as eye and ear infections, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia. Other health concerns include PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), hypothyroidism, cataracts, von Willebrand's disease, and slipping stifles.
Life Span: 10 -
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the
American Cocker Spaniel
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