English Cocker Spaniel Dogs
Affectionate, Loyal And Lively!
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are classified as sporting dog breeds by the American Kennel Club. They were originally used for hunting small game, especially woodcock - from
which their name was derived. At various times, it was referred to as a Cocker or Cocking Spaniel.
This breed has very acute scenting abilities and is one of the oldest of land spaniels, but it differs from the American Cocker Spaniel. Differences include being slightly larger, having a different head shape, and a shorter coat.
The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America was founded in 1936 with the intent of formalizing the breed lines and standard, as well as to benefit fanciers.
Ultimately, in 1946, it was recognized by the AKC as a separate breed from the American Cocker.
The ECS is a sturdy, well-balanced dog, compact in appearance and with very
long ears. The eyes are bright and express both softness and intelligence. The tail is usually docked except in field bred dogs.
Personality and Traits:
The English Cocker Spaniel has a gentle personality and his disposition is often described as being fun-loving and rather mischevious.
They are also both loyal and affectionate and make excellent family companions. However, Cockers are people lovers and do not do well if left alone too long.
Being eager to please, the English Cockers are very amenable to training if owners are very consistent and use a non-harsh approach.
This breed is very active, full of spirit and likes to be included in whatever the family is doing.
Health of English Cocker Spaniel Dogs
English Cocker Spaniels owners can expect to enjoy their pet for a lifespan of up to 15 years with good care.
If you are considering this particular spaniel as a family companion, there are some health issues that may affect them during
The main concerns revolve around eye problems to which they seem to be particulary vulnerable. These include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)- a serious condition that can cause blindness, cherry eye, and cataracts to name a few.
Other issues to note are hip dysplasia, patella luxation (dislocated kneecap), ear infections and hearing loss.
It's important to find a responsible breeder who can provide information on test clearances of a puppy's parents for hip and patella evaluations, PRA eyes, and hearing.
Appearance, Coat And Grooming
15-17 inches Weight:
Liver, Black, Shades of Red, Black with White, and Parti
The medium length coat is silky and lies flat. It requires regular brushing to keep free of mats and tangles, especially
after walks in woodland type areas.
The long ears of the Cocker need to be cleaned and checked often for foreign matter or
signs of infection. Shedding of the coat is average.
The English Cocker Spaniel dog breed has a heritage of long days working in the field and retrieving. As such, he is a dog that enjoys a lot of exercise and play.
In addition to regular and necessary walks, games are a very welcome pastime for expending his energy.
This breed does best in a home with a medium sized yard. Cockers tend to roam, so the yard should be securely fenced.
The English Cocker Spaniel has a good reputation with children that are considerate and do not tease pets.
While having a pet in the family can be a great experience for children, it bears noting that even the best pets
can be unpredictable. For this reason, we always advise that an adult be present whenever children and pets are interacting.
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are very loyal and loving.
They make excellent companions for the elderly providing exercise
needs can be met.
Resource for breeder or rescue information: English Cocker Spaniel Club of America
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