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English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

14-17inches tall

English Cockers Get Recognized in the U.S.: In 1936, a group of English Cocker breeders formed a specialty club known as the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America. They gained recognition from the AKC for an English type of the Cocker Spaniel.

Colors: Black, liver or red, or parti-coloring of white with black, liver or red markings or ticking.

Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Physical Characteristics

The English Cocker Spaniel has a sturdy medium frame. The ears are set low and hang long with silky or wavy hair. While their tails are often docked, it is illegal to do so in many places in Europe.

Health Concerns and Other Considerations

The English Cocker Spaniel is prone to ear infections. During the summer, their ears should be checked frequently, since they can become hosts to ticks or burr, which can cause deafness. They also gain weight easily, so be sure not to overfeed them. English Cocker Spaniels should also be groomed regularly.

Personality Traits

English Cocker Spaniels are sweet and loyal companions. They are both playful and protective of children in their household. They are easy to train and good as both couch companions and long outdoor walks. Cocker Spaniels are a hunting dog that can work in difficult in both wet and dry land. They are excellent at gently retrieving game.

English Cocker Spaniel History

The English Cocker Spaniel is one of the oldest spaniels. The Cocker and Springer Spaniels were developed together. But, eventually a line was developing that showed proficiency in hunting woodcocks in the English countryside, which accounts for the name "cocker."

Famous English Cocker Spaniel Owners

Cocker Spaniels have occupied that hearts and homes of world leaders. President John Kennedy had an English Cocker Spaniel named Shannon while in the White House. Prince William and Kate Middleton have one as well, named Lupo, which is Italian for wolf.

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