Cocker Spaniel overview-Owner Should Know

American Cocker Spaniel Overview

Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniel Information

NameAmerican Cocker Spaniel
Other NameCocker Spaniel
Build TypeMedium
Life Cycle12-15 years
CharacterSociable, Trusted, Cheerful, Happy, Intelligent, Friendly
HeightMale:14-16 inches
Female: 12-15 inches
WeightMale:14-35 pounds
Female: 14-32 pound
ColorBlack, Red, Silver, Tan, Brown, White & Buff, Tri-color
Average price700 US$


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An active sporting breed Cocker Spaniel stay distinguished due to its energy and stamina despite of being small in size. This sturdy breed is somewhat athlete dog with compact balance of strength, speed and intelligence. They thrive when in family; remain playful, joyous sometimes clownish and mischievous, naturally gentle, treat children politely besides an affordable co-worker with other pets at home. English cocker spaniel are trained more of their hunting instinct than do the American Cocker Spaniels and require a few exercise. They are biddable, sensitive, loyal, demonstrative, inquisitive and cheerful. This dog is very sociable and submissive; some tend to bark a lot.

The smallest from sporting breeds Cocker Spaniel is compact, powerful and energetic dog able to accompany human pack leader with great endurance and speed. The build is solid muscular with lots of flexibility of reactions. Ground covering gate is due to its comparatively small legs, walks effortlessly with proud head expressing dignity and grace, the look is keen and alert to suit its application. They coat is flat and silky with slight turn and curves sizes medium or long, current varieties of Cocker contain a plenty of coat fur which is not suited to its hunting ability in bushes at fields. The breed is available in pure black, or with tan spots, parti-colored, may be other solid colors. Originally the hunter companion, the breed is currently used as a lively house pet and family companion instead.

Firstly exhibited in USA in 1880, hold the popularity among most of the breeds, American variant is descended from English Cocker Spaniels which were introduced in late 1800s, the Americans were interested in a smart hunter of quail and other birds, the history of developing this variant is not well clear but some ideals suggest a possible cross of English Cocker Spaniels with other smaller and toy spaniels to reduce in size but compatible in strength. The two English and American Cockers were separately distinguished and recognized by AKC in 1935, this led the American variant to heights of popularity all around the USA. This breed holds uniqueness being available in any solid color other then black. This dog achieved fame in England after registration with English Kennel Club in 1958 and holds great appreciation as family companion despite of its original use.


The breed is pleasing and happy, quite playful, amiable, sweet and submissive, additionally intelligent and sensitive, stay eager to entertain and responsive to family requirements. Originally it is a hunter of opportunity, yet well appreciated due to its devoted companionship. This breed is gentle to kids, respective to other pets, enjoy leashed-hold walking, some tend to bark a lot but are obedient in general.

Energetic American Cocker needs adequate exercises to satisfy its physical and mental stimulation, this could be accomplished by long walks or running in the yard. Never leave off-leash to let free hunting but in closed fenced yard. 

Grooming requirement is relatively high, combing twice or thrice a week along with occasional wash and clipping by an expert professional will surely beautify the dog. This would avoid any dead hairs, debris, knots, and matting of hairs. The American Cocker Spaniels can survive in temperate climates usually with shelter. Indoor life with fully interaction with family is the source of contentment and please for them rather outdoors.

It has been awarded the nickname “Merry Cocker” due to the breed’s continuously wagging tail and happy disposition. They may be dominant but can be more loyal to their companion. Cocker Spaniels may get along well with children, other dogs, pets and people with enough socialization at early age. These Cockers seem to have a perennial wagging tail and have preference to live around their people, remember it is not suitable to these dogs to keep alone in backyard. They tend to eat more, thus get overweight so always to monitor their food intakes for controlled diet in right proportions.

Owner Should Know

  1. American variant is much popular, ensure positive search for right breed rather getting tempered puppies.
  2. They stay affordable with other pets but after timely socialization.
  3. They tend to get overweight and classified as heavy barkers.
  4. Although they can survive outdoors, yet eager to stay in family, they need a great quantity of exercises to remain physical fit.
  5. The breed is slightly challenging in housetrain, committed and consistent handler is required to control the dog, additionally they need healthy grooming.
  6. The Cocker Spaniels are prone to ear infections, keep the dog hygienically clean, better to take services to experienced clipper for trimming hairs.
  7. Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure these are clinically checked and are disease free.

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