Thinking about purchasing an English 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 English 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 English 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 English 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 English 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 English Cocker Spaniel and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
English Cocker Spaniel Profile
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.
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.
English Cocker Spaniel 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.
English Cocker Spaniel 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:
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