The american cocker spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel, also known as the American Cocker Spaniel, originated from cautious reproduction of the English Cocker Spaniels in the United States. The name “Cocker” comes from the game bird named woodcock. These spaniels were used to flush these game birds which they did particularly well. Recently these Cocker Spaniels are mostly found in dog shows and as family pets. They also serve admirably as retrievers, hunters, and agility and tracking dog athletes. They have above average intelligence in the dog world. Cocker Spaniels are an all around great dog with a happy and loyal demeanor. Socialization at an early is a positive thing as they tend to be a little shy if they are not socialized. Like many dogs they pick up the emotions of their humans and strangely enough are not all that fond of grumpy people. They do have a high energy level so if you are not prepared to active with your dog this might not be the breed for. They respond well to various types of training and are generally good with children.

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Alternative names: Cocker Spaniel / American Cocker Spaniel Country of origin: England; the American Cocker Spaniel is smaller than the English Cocker Spaniel and has a different conformation. Both types make good pets. Appearance: Compact, with a short back Power: the usual weight is 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg.) Stature: the usual height is 15 ½ inches (38cm.) Coat: Profuse, silky, feathered, medium-length Color: Buff, black, and other solid colors, black-and-tan, or parti-colored variations of these Head: Rounded head chiseled with an abrupt stop Teeth: Strong teeth causing a scissor bite Eyes: Rounded and straightforward Ears: Very long hanging ears Tail: Usually docked Limbs: Parallel, straight, strong Feet: Compact, large, round and firm with horny pads Life span: About 12 years


Bold and keen to work. The American Cocker Spaniel is equally suited to both as a gundog or as a household pet. They are cheerful, sweet, and sensitive in nature. There is a Cocker Spaniel named Buddy that goes to our dog park and he is just the happiest little dog and he does not have a mean bone in his body. There is not a single moment at the park that his tail is not going a mile a minute. Cocker Spaniels respond to training and are eager to please their master. Health


The Main concerns in American Cocker Spaniels are:

Eye Problems including glaucoma and cataracts hip dysplasia IMHA or Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia


Adequate daily exercise is important as they have a lot of stamina. A walk in the morning and the evening is adequate and you can mix it up with a trip to the dog park for a game of fetch. They have a good bit on energy so this is kind of important and a lot of speed. Playing a game of fetch with a Chuck it Tennis Ball thrower is a fantastic way to bleed off some of this energy.

Famous Cockers

Ch. My Own Brucie, won two Westminster Kennel Club Dog Shows in 1940, 1941. Checkers owned by Pat Nixon and Richard Nixon Lucky Bundy from Married… with Children Solomon and Sophie, pets of Oprah Winfrey Lady from Lady and the Tramp The original Coppertone ad. Cosby and Sophie, beloved Cockers of HRH A.E. Rose Whitey Hoover appearing in several Tim Hortons testimonials