Thinking about purchasing an Cocker Spaniel? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Cocker Spaniel breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Cocker Spaniel owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Cocker Spaniel and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Cocker Spaniel Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Cocker Spaniel and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Cocker Spaniel Profile
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
14 inches. Males: 15 inches. Any Cocker over 15 inches will be disqualified
from the show ring.
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.
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.
Cocker Spaniel 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.
Activity: Indoors - Medium.
Outdoors - High. Cocker Spaniels are lively when excited.
Cocker Spaniel 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 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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