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English Cocker Spaniel Puppies
Description: The English Cocker Spaniel is the smallest in the gundog group, yet are able to flush out and retrieve game birds from undergrowth. A gentle, popular pet, they are also called the Merry Cocker because of their energetic, playful, eager-to-please nature and their unique tail wagging which includes their entire hindquarters. English Cocker Spaniels are compact, but bigger than their relative, the American Cocker Spaniel. Their tails are docked at birth. They are friendly, lively, and a hard worker. Enthusiastic about anything, the English Cocker Spaniel is very devoted to family, and loving in nature. They are social animals, making both a good family pet as well as hunter. They get along with children that are older. Although popular, the Merry Cocker has a plethora of health problems. English Cockers can suffer from allergies, deafness, heart disease and other problems. They are excellent at flushing out game, the purpose for which they were bred. English Cocker Spaniels are happy little dogs, eager and able to please their master continuously.
Other Names: Cocker Spaniel (England), Cocking Spaniel, Merry Cocker
Type: Gun Dog
Females: 15 - 16 inches; Males: 15.5 - 17 inches.
self (pure) colors. Various solids, or colors in a broken pattern with white.
They often have roan patterns.
English Cocker Spaniels are responsive, affectionate, and gentle. They are
happy dogs, merry in appearance and continually enthused. They are good hunters,
excellent in flushing game. They are intelligent, obedient, and willing to
please. They are friendly, lively, and a good companion. They like to work
hard, and will exercise for as long as you please. They are devoted to family
and love to be around them. They are good with children as long as they are
taught not to bother the dog, or if they are older.
Care and Exercise:
Brush and comb the English Cocker Spaniel three times a week to remove dead
hair and keep coat shiny and lying flat. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary.
Check ears for grass seeds and signs of infection. Brush and trim hair over
the toes and base of the feet. Special care should be taken to ensure that
mud or sticks do not get stuck in the paws and in the ears. Some owners gently
pin back the ears when the dog is eating, as the long flaps may get dirty
and infectious. English Cocker Spaniels enjoy as much exercise as they can
receive. Daily walks and free run should be part of their routine as they
are a sporting breed.
Health Issues: Inherited eye diseases, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), ear infections, and kidney problems such as familial nephropathy. Other health concerns include allergies, deafness, heart disease, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, seizures, temperament problems such as rage syndrome in solid colored dogs, and skin problems.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
English Cocker Spaniel
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