The exuberant American Cocker Spaniel, with his big, expressive eyes and playful personality, is one of the world’s best-loved breeds. Although developed as hunting dogs, Cockers gained wide popularity as great companion dogs. He is affectionate and loyal, loves being a part of a family, and is an eager playmate for children.
His size helps him fit in most home environments. He is a social character, and usually gets along well with other pets in the home. A Cocker Spaniel does not do well left alone frequently or for longer periods of time.
If you are considering having a Cocker Spaniel as a pet, make sure you have the time to give him the training, loving, and attention he needs.
The Cocker Spaniel was bred as a sporting dog, and is active and energetic. He needs regular exercise to burn off his energy, and keep him from becoming overweight. A fenced in yard will give him a safe place to race around, explore, and play.
Cockers are intelligent and eager to please, excelling in agility and obedience training.
The Cocker Spaniel’s coat comes in a variety of colours and patterns. A full coat definitely needs consistent grooming, but it’s beauty is ample reward for the effort.
• Temperament: Gentle, Smart, Happy
• AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 29 of 193
• Height: 14.5-15.5 inches (male), 13.5-14.5 inches (female)
• Weight: 25-30 pounds (male), 20-25 pounds (female)
• Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
• Group: Sporting Group