The Cocker Spaniel was thought to have originated in Spain during the fourteenth century; it is one of the oldest Spaniel breeds. Breeders originally used this dog for hunting woodcock, quail, and partridge. These spaniels went by other names, such as Cocker, Cocking Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, and the American Cocker Spaniel. The English Kennel Club accepted it in 1892; they also found the Cocker Spaniel Club in 1902.
The Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular breeds globally, and it has a gentle, affectionate personality. It is also very full of life and exuberance. This dog is sturdy and compact; it has a merry nature with an ever-wagging tail. This breed’s wide-awake eyes exude intelligence and a certain gentleness that welcomes you home after a hard day’s work. The long low-set ears are lobular. Movement is mostly bustling, especially when tracking a scent. This dog is fearless in heavy cover. The flat silky coat comes in various colors.
At the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the most prestigious dog show in the United States, the American Cocker Spaniel has won Best in Show on four occasions since its first award in 1907. The most successful breed is the Wire Fox Terrier, with thirteen wins. We judge the American Cocker Spaniel in three separate breed classes under AKC rules; “black,” “parti-color,” and “any solid color other than black…” (ASCOB). Sophia and Olivia won the gold medal of dog showing in 2012.
Cocker Spaniel Breed Facts
Temperament: The Cocker Spaniel is a cheerful, sociable, and loving dog that demands human companionship. These dogs are intelligent, willing to please, and trainable. However, they’re sensitive, so do not treat harshly. Also, they’re apt to excessive barking if not properly trained. They can also be clingy.
Activity level: Modest. This is not an overly active breed; however, a daily walk, and some interactive play, will be enough to keep them healthy.
Grooming: A Cocker Spaniels coat will need plenty of looking after. Its coat will need a brushing and combing every two days. In addition, trim their coat every 6 weeks.
Coat: Cocker Spaniels have a low, fine coat on the head, medium-length body coat with some undercoat, and longer feathering on the ears, chest, legs, and abdomen. However, the coat is flat and silky and may range from straight to somewhat wavy.
Color: they separate This breed into 3 varieties by color: Black, which could include tan points; Any solid color other than black, which includes shades of cream, brown, and red; and parti-color, which is white in combination with any of the solid colors. Roans also fall into the parti-color category, and we may see tan points on any parti-color coloration.
Size: Males – 14 1/2 – 15 1/2 inches, 25 – 30 pounds; females – 13 1/2 – 14 1/2 inches, 20 – 25 pounds
Life expectancy: 10 – 14 years
It’s important to find a reputable and responsible breeder to get a puppy.