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English Cocker Spaniel: Training, Temperament, Exercise, Health

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About English Cocker Spaniel

Country of Origin, History of English Cocker Spaniels

English Cocker Spaniels descended from the original spaniels of Spain. The various spaniels (Springers and Cockers) were all one large group of dogs until the 1600s when they began to be bred to be specific for different purposes and different appearances and sizes. There are two types of English Cocker Spaniels - the field (working) cocker and the show cocker.

The name ‘cocker’ comes from the fact that it helped with the hunting of woodcocks. They also aided in the hunting of other birds. They are excellent retrievers with a soft mouth and are able to hunt and retrieve in difficult terrain.

They are also good at tracking. They are good watchdogs. They excel in competitive obedience and agility.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The English Cocker Spaniel is a medium-sized yet compactly built dog with long ears. English Cockers have short, thick legs ending in round paws. Their eyes are questioning yet intelligent. Most English Cocker Spaniels have a docked tail. Their chest is deep for their size. Their medium length hair is wavy and nearly the same length over the entire body including the legs, with long fur on the chest.

The English Cocker Spaniel has a larger, more elongated head than the American Cocker Spaniel. It also has a longer muzzle.

Coat Color

A wide variety of coat colors are found on English Cocker Spaniels. They can be solid colors of black, liver (red-brown), red, blue (gray) or shades of fawn (tan). The only acceptable white on a solid colored dog is on his chest. However, many English Cockers are parti-colored which means they are combinations of the colors. They can also be blue merle. Parti-colors are either clearly marked (patches of colors), ticked or roaned. Parti-colored Cockers can have white markings anywhere.

Coat Type

The field type English Cocker Spaniel has a shorter coat than the show type English Cocker Spaniel.


Males: 16-17 inches
Females: 15-16 inches


Males: 28 – 34 lbs
Females: 26 – 32 lbs

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English Cocker Spaniel Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

English Cocker Spaniel Activity Level

How active is the Breed?

The English Cocker enjoys as much exercise as you can give it throughout its life.

Exercise Need

English Cocker Spaniels need quite a bit of exercise and do best with a medium-sized fenced yard. Daily brisk walks are greatly enjoyed.


The English Cocker Spaniel’s coat needs at least weekly brushing. Baths need to be given regularly, and the ears need to be checked frequently for burrs and signs of infection, and cleaned on a regular basis.

The hair on the breed’s feet needs to be brushed down over the toes and trimmed around the pads and level with the base of the feet. The English Cocker Spaniel is an average shedder.

Coat types vary - some are fairly silky and do not mat easily while others are much softer and mat very easily.

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Health and Care

Watch for ear infections and deafness. Due to its ears being so long and hanging down, it is prone to getting all types of things in its ears. Keep the fur free of burs and ticks and check the inside frequently.

Kidney disease and anal sac tumors are seen in English Cockers.

Life Span: English Cockers live 12-15 years.

National Breed Clubs

Life Expectancy: About 10-14 years.

Group: Sporting Group.

AKC Popularity Ranking: 52

Also Known As:English Cocker.

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