The American Cocker Spaniel was originally bred from English Cocker Spaniels and was brought over to the United States in the late 1800's. They were (and still are) a hunting dog and are used to hunt upland game birds and waterfowl.
Cockers are very sweet, trusting dogs, and are beloved by many children (and adults!) thanks to the animated movie "Lady and the Tramp". They are eager to please, very playful, and make great family pets. They are merry to have around the house and need their people to be happy.
Because of the popularity of this breed, there has been some irresponsible breeding to keep up with the demand, which have led to some Cockers being extremely shy or aggressive. Make sure if you do want a Cocker Spaniel that you go through a reputable breeder. Because of this tendency towards "shyness", they do not do well with harsh training techniques. They can learn quickly if their trainer is gentle with them.
Cockers do have a tendency towards some health problems such as cataracts and glaucoma, as well as some internal problems. Again, many of these can be avoided by going through a reputable breeder and not a pet store. Because of their droopy ears they can be prone to infections, so the insides need to be checked at least every other day to make sure they're clean and dry.
Because they are a sporting dog Cocker Spaniels need regular exercise to stay happy. They have excellent stamina and need at least a small yard to play in. If they don't get adequate exercise they can get a bit pudgy, so don't let them become a couch potato!
If you would like more information about this great little breed, you can visit American Kennel Club
. If you would like information on adopting a Cocker Spaniel in dire need of a loving family, you can visit www.cockerspanielrescue.com
||14 - 15 inches tall
||15 to 30 pounds
||Black, Silver, Cream, Dark Brown, Dark Red and Parti-Colors
||Needs daily brushing and regular trimming
||England or Spain
||AKC, FCI, UKC, CKC
||This happy little dog is the #2 dog in America.