About Cocker Spaniel Puppies
The term Cocker Spaniel includes both the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel. While the American version is slightly smaller than the original English canine, both breeds are used for hunting and as household pets.
A Brief History
First mentioned in 14th-century English writings, it appears that Cocker Spaniels have been used as hunting dogs for hundreds of years. The modern version of these canines was first introduced to the United States by English travelers in the 1800s. Eventually, the English and the American Cocker Spaniels were separated into separate breeds with unique differences, although all are commonly referred to just as Cocker Spaniels.
The English Cocker Spaniel typically measures 15-16 inches in height and weighs 28-32 pounds. It is the most successful breed at dog shows in the United Kingdom, and it is the second-most-popular dog breed in English households. It has a narrow head and chest that makes this breed seem taller and thinner than its American counterpart.
The American Cocker Spaniel, in contrast, is slightly smaller. At an average height of 13-15 inches and a weight of 24-30 pounds, the American Cocker Spaniel is also one of the most prestigious competitors at United States dog shows. Unlike the English dog, this Cocker Spaniel has a shorter muzzle and a domed head.
Cocker Spaniels are generally known for their short and tight body frames that feature straight front legs and docked tails. Their hair is typically smooth and of medium length. Most commonly, Cocker Spaniel coats are black, silver, cream, red, or brown, and they often appear in a combination of many of these different colors. The mixture of white, black and cream colors is typically the most common.
One of the main reasons that Cocker Spaniels are such popular pets in both England and the United States is their personalities. Most are intelligent, happy and affectionate, a combination of attributes that makes them perfect for many families. They tend to be lively and love to play, a quality that makes them especially popular with children. Also, they are incredibly gentle and loyal dogs that respond very well to social situations.
Most Cocker Spaniels get along very well with young children and other pets when they have been consistently exposed to these other parties. Their joyous personalities and boundless energy do give these dogs a tendency to bark, but it is generally out of excitement rather than malice.
Because they are so eager to please their owners and other family members, Cocker Spaniels make great pets and companions. With their hunting background and fierce loyalty, these dogs are always willing to tag along on a walk or exploratory mission. Although they will search for potential prey out of basic habit, most of the time Cocker Spaniels are content just to have been invited along. However, when these canines feel that they are not being given the attention that they deserve, they will not hesitate to seek affection.
Health and Care
With their medium-length hair, it is necessary for Cocker Spaniels to be brushed and groomed on a regular basis, preferably daily when possible. This dog’s coat type also leads to stray hairs that must be plucked by hand by a grooming professional 2-4 times per year for optimal appearance. With the proper health care and prevention, Cocker Spaniels can live for an average of 10-12 years.
Cocker Spaniels require regular exercise, including three walks each day or extended playtime that allows them to run freely. These dogs also enjoy swimming when available.
Because they are so eager to please their owners, Cocker Spaniels are very willing to learn and to be trained. With consistent but firm commands and consequences, most Cocker Spaniels can be taught a wide variety of skills.
When choosing a loyal dog for your household, consider adopting the versatile and happy Cocker Spaniel.