Cocker Spaniels

Cocker Spaniels

The American Cocker Spaniel is a small gun dog. Bred to flush out and retrieve Woodcocks, which are a small, ground nesting bird. Although originally a hunting companion, Cocker Spaniels make an excellent family pet. They are friendly, affectionate and energetic.

As with other sporting breeds, Cocker Spaniels need plenty of exercise. Their small size, under 16 inches, does not mean they will get sufficient exercise walking around an apartment. They need daily walks and occasional jogs to keep their energy drained. Insufficient exercise leads to a hyperactive dog that drives the family crazy.

Solid colored Cockers can be any color except black, but there are also parti-color coats. Parti-color dogs can come in any color but one of those colors must be white. The colors should be clearly defined. They do not merge, but have very definite edges.

The coat length is short on the head, medium on the back and long on the ears legs, chest and belly. The ears are long, but appear even longer due to them being low on the head. The carriage of the ears gives this dog a smoothly sloping silhouette from head to tail. The tail itself is docked and held out, but not up, from the body.

Although generally an easy maintenance dog, the long coat of the American Cocker Spaniel does require frequent brushing and occasional clipping. The happy-go-lucky nature of this dog makes grooming a joy instead of a chore.

Every member of the family will receive love and devotion from Cocker Spaniels. This people oriented breed wants to be with the family as much as possible. A Cocker Spaniel is easy to train. They are intelligent, eager to please and have no interest in being the dominant member of the family.

This is a great dog for both experienced and inexperienced dog owners. Their easy-going nature is forgiving of mistakes that a newcomer to dogs might make. They are solid enough to handle the rough touch of a child even though they are a small breed. The Cocker Spaniel is, quite simply, a good dog.

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