Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

Today the AKC recognizes cocker spaniel at 5th rank making it the most loved spaniel breed.

With his playful, alert, active, affectionate and cuddly nature it instantly wins a lot of hearts.

This article is all about them.

Did you know?

The lady from “The Lady and the Tramp” is a Cocker Spaniel?

Cocker Spaniel has two types of the breed- American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.

Quick Facts

Average Weight: 28-35 Pounds (Male), 26-33Pounds (Female)

Average Height:   15.5-16 Inches (Male) , 15-15.5 Inches (Female)

Life Expectancy:   12-15 years

Dog Group: Sporting Group

Colors: Cocker Spaniel Black, Blue Roan, Black and Tan, Orange Roan, Orange and White, Tri-color, Liver Roan, Liver and White, Liver, Liver and Tan, Lemon and White, Ash, Black and White, Sable, Silver, Golden, Tri-color Ticked, Red.

At A Glance

Size (2/5)

Cocker Spaniel Size is medium with its wavy coat.

Puppies at 12 months old reach their height most but continue to develop and fill out for few months old by 24 months old they become of their maximum size.

Cocker Spaniel Weight is 28 to 35 pounds in case of males and height ranges from 15.5 to 16 Inches.

On the other hand, female cockers weigh from 26 to 33 pounds and height ranges from 15 to 15.5 inches.

Affection (2/5)

Cockers Spaniels are gentle and lively beings.

They are very affectionate and easy going and are considered good with children as they are non-aggressive with animals and people.

Puppies should keep under the watch of what they can eat as their stomach is very delicate.

But also they are not particularly good watchdogs.

Apartment-Friendly (2/5)

They don’t need much space and are good for apartment living.

Cockers are friendly with family and can be trained easily moreover, they are suitable for small houses.

They are even-tempered, lovable, eager to please and enjoy learning.

Yes, cockers are very intelligent so if you get them trained they are very obedient.

You can also check out our blog about Apartment Dogs if you are worried.

Cold Water Tolerability (2/5)

They can abide in cold water with their thick and shiny double coats.

Some of them can have thin coats and shiver after a short time.

But most of the times they are good with cold water.

Cockers can tolerate cold water with no problem.

Hot Water Tolerability (2/5)

Due to their thick double coats on their bodies, they are already warm enough and too much heat and hot water may make them restless.

During humid days Cocker Spaniel temperament is hot so try to keep them cool as much as possible.

Cool pads can be helpful in this situation.

Barking Tendencies (3/5)

Cocker Spaniel barking depends on the situation or to give out a warning such as if there is a knock on the door or ringing of telephone, doorbell, shouting.

Other than that they are very gentle and friendly.

And if it does bark a lot they just need your affection or maybe sick.

Cat-Friendly (3/5)

They can either get along really well or it would ignore the cat completely.

As they age they can be wary of different animals as cats are no different.

But in most cases can be very friendly with each other.

Dog-Friendly (5/5)

Puppies can get along with anyone as their nature is very playful.

Friendliness is one of the main perks of this breed.

Cockers are smart and their personality is gentle with happy demeanors so that makes them friendly with other dogs.

Exercise Needs(4/5)

Cocker Spaniel Exercise is very enthusiastic and they need almost 1 to 2 hours of training per day with their playful nature.

They will happily join in with any games you may offer.

But they don’t respond to harsh training as they are very delicate in nature yet with the utmost care they will be obeying you in no time.

Cocker Spaniels are high energy and active breed so you need to keep them actively trained as well as with lots of playing in the garden.

They were originally bred as hunting dogs easily having a high-spirit.

Grooming Needs (5/5)

Cocker Spaniel Grooming is very important to take care of that shiny, wavy coat and keep it in good condition but also while not forgetting about skin.

You can always use a de-shedding tool or a slicker brush to remove dead undercoat and loose hair.

As a breed, a Cocker Spaniel temperament is often uncooperative or nervous on the grooming table so owners need to be gentle with that and make them accustomed to it by a young age.

You can use slicker or pin brush to remove tangles or a liquid detangler or baby oil for stubborn tangles.

Use a spray hose, pitcher or unbreakable cup to wet your dog and be careful to avoid getting water in the eyes, ears, and nose but save the head for the last massage in pet shampoo and immediately rinse thoroughly.

Take care of their teeth, hair, skin, nails, bathing, and brushing.

Playfulness (5/5)

Cocker Spaniels are sweet, active and alert making them extra enthusiastic.

They need your attention to play with all the time.

They are eager to please and will be involved with any games and activities you get them to play or train.

As long as there are no health issues with them they will remain cheerful.

  • Trainability (5/5)

Cockers Spaniel Training is high as they are intelligent dogs and learn early as they are very eager to please this makes them easy to train as long as training starts at a young age.

They are very delicate in nature hence they do not respond to harsh training.

Training should start at a young age if not, they can become very stubborn, or overly sensitive as they are sensitive dogs, to begin with.

Use a calm repetition of commands rather than reprimanding them when they don’t respond right away.

They don’t have the longest attention span, so short sessions are better than long ones.

Mouthiness (4/5)

Cockers really enjoy a game of fetch or a good chew at chew toys.

By the time they are 9 months old, they start to nip or chew but only because of their gums and are not harmful the chewing toys can keep them at bay.

As they are very intelligent dogs small training can keep them from doing much harm.

Intelligence (5/5)

This breed is known for its intelligence and adaptability as they are extremely loyal and affectionate.

That’s why it is so easy to train them because of their intelligence.

It retains the knowledge about people, places and of course training given to him.

Price (4/5)

Cocker Spaniel Price is an average $600 to $800 USD.

As a puppy, it gets costly with food, care, training, vaccination as compared to adult years.

Late adulthood may also require medical attention.

About>About Cocker Spaniels

About Cocker Spaniels

Cocker spaniel dogs have two breeds of Spaniel dog types: American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.

They have a sweet disposition and are intelligent making them good for families.

This breed is easy to train.

They are very active and sensitive in nature.

They are the sweetest and warmest family dogs around and can be involved in more activities.

As they come from a sporty group they are very High-spirited.

They love playing and fetching things.

They are your best companion and love to cuddle.

Needs a lot of grooming hence they are not for you if you work all day as they need your attention all the time.

Where>Where Cocker Spaniel Came From?

Where Cocker Spaniel Came From

Cocker Spaniel History goes back where they were originally bred as hunting dogs in the United Kingdom.

The term “Cocker” derives from their use to hunt Eurasian woodcock.

It is said to be specialized in hunting the American Woodcock.

Their origins are unknown they are assumed to have originated from Spain.

The Welsh or Devonshire was considered cockers until 1903 when they were identified by The Kennel Club as the Welsh Springer Spaniel.

They are considered to be descendants from spaniels, one of the oldest breed of dogs.

They have become a part of history in stories by Chaucer (1342-1400) and Shakespeare (1564-1616).

The Cocker Spaniel is smaller than it’s English counterpart and is the smallest of sporting dogs.


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