Male Height (typical): 38-43 cm. (15-17 inches)
Female Height (typical): 38-40.5 cm. (15-16 inches)
Size: Small – Medium
Male Weight (typical): 13-15.5 kg. (28-34 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 12-14.5 kg. (27-32 pounds)
Country of Origin: England
Exercise Required: Daily long walks.
Expected Life Span: 12 – 15 Years
Best suited as: Hunting Dog, Family Pet
Other names: Cocker, Merry Cocker, Cocker Spaniel
Description – The English Cocker Spaniel was originally bred to be a hunting dog and loyal family companion. They have an adorable face that most families can’t resist and are intelligent and very gentle with children. They sport a beautiful coat that helps to protect them from the elements and can be found in a variety of colours including tan, brown, red and black and may include several of these in each dog. They make an excellent hunting companion because of their small size and intelligence and will quickly adapt to most hunting styles. When they are not in the field they are very happy to spend time playing with the family, especially the children. There are several different breeds of the English Cocker Spaniel available and some of them are bred to have a stronger hunting instinct than others. If you are hoping to keep one of these dogs primarily as a pet you might want to avoid the field breeds that tend to favor the outdoor lifestyle.
Origin & History – The English Cocker Spaniel is one of the oldest Spaniel breeds and has several branches to its lineage. These dogs have found favor all over the world since their original breeding and today enjoy seven separate breeding styles from the original stock. Originally the Cocker and Springer Spaniels were developed together and only differentiated by their size. This changed in 1892 when they were finally recognized as distinct breeds. The name Cocker comes from the woodcock, which is a bird that these dogs were especially adept at hunting.
Temperament – This breed is a very intelligent and patient dog both in its hunting duties and around the home. They are especially equipped for hunting with their smaller size and protective coat and are experts at flushing out certain game on a hunt. When not in the field chasing game, they crave the attention of their masters and family and love to play. They are also fine just laying around the home as the family enjoys other pursuits. Since they have such a gentle personality, training them takes patience and a softer approach than other breeds. This gentler personality also allows them to get along well with other pets in the home and even cats.
Exercise & Grooming – In contrast to its smaller size, the English Cocker Spaniel is happy with as much activity as it can get. They love to be walked on a leash and also enjoy free playtime in the backyard. If they are used for hunting you won’t need to exercise them any further as they get all the work they need chasing game. If they are not hunting it is always good to walk them as much as you can to keep them active and healthy. Their coats are weatherproof and baths should be avoided to keep its natural oils active. A brushing a few times a week or after a hunt will help remove any loose hair and reduce matting.
Health Concerns – Because the English Cocker Spaniel has larger ears that are covered, they are prone to ear infections if these areas are not kept clean. This can be as simple as checking their ears every week to make sure they’re clean and dry. Their frame also puts them closer to the ground than other breeds and makes them a ripe target for ticks and other parasites. If they spend a lot of time outdoors they should be periodically checked for these and other skin conditions to avoid problems.
English Cocker Spaniel Organisations in Australia
Cocker Spaniel Society of New South Wales Inc
Anna Hatherly PO Box 248 Kurrajong,
NSW, 2758(02) 4567 8787
Email : [email protected]
English Cocker Spaniel Organisations in the UK
The Cocker Spaniel Club
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