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English Cocker Spaniel Training

First Impressions
A happy, friendly, eager Spaniel. Larger and lighter coated than the American Spaniel.

The History Of The English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is also known as Cocker Spaniel or just Cocker. They originated in Great Britain during the 19th Century.

This a bird dog bred and trained to work in front of the guns, springing or flushing game out of cover. In the smallest Cockers were used to flush Woodcock, a fast flying game bird that hides in dense cover. The Cocker as named after these sought after game birds. As well as flushing game, the Cockers will also retrieve.

Over time the various spaniels were separated into distinct breeds. The most popular being the little Cockers.

Description Of The English Cocker Spaniel
The tail is set low, carried level with the back and in the US is always moderately docked. Ears are long, set low and are altered.

The English Cocker Spaniel is medium sized, alert, compact with long ears, that reach to the nose when pulled forward. The upper line of the skull is virtually parallel to the plane of its muzzle. The muzzle is a similar length to the skull.

The eyes are oval in shape, dark and with an intelligent expression. The coat is medium length with feathering on the legs and the underside of its body. The nose is preferably black but may be brown.

Dogs are 15 - 17 inches high at the shoulder and weigh 28 - 34 pounds,
Bitches a little smaller at 14 - 16 inches and 26 - 32 pounds.

Coat & Grooming
The Cocker has long, silky coat which may be flat or slightly wavy.

The allowed colors are white, black, black and tan, or roan pattern in blue, liver, red, orange, or lemon.

Regular combing and brushing is required. Some coats may be profuse and prone to matting, whereas others are flat and silkier. Bathe or dry shampoo as required. Regularly check ears for seeds and any signs of infection.

This eager, lively dog is great with children. It is usually sociable with strangers. A moderate barker but will stop when ordered by its owner.

A great companion dog that is generally outgoing. Temperament varies so check the line with the breeder before buying. Males tend to be more cooperative than females which can show dominance. Love to be trained but need gentle coercion rather than bully tactics.

Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a English Cocker Spaniel is from 12 -15 years.

Reported health problems are: progressive retinal atrophy and ear infections, usually caused by grass seeds or ticks.

Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.

Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
English Cocker Spaniels will do fine in an apartment if it is given sufficient exercise. They prefer an average size yard or bigger.

It needs as much exercise as you can give it.

For More Information on the English Cocker Spaniel
To get more information, check out the English Cocker Spaniel web site:

There may also be rescue dogs available. Check for details on:

Loves to play and makes a great companion for children. A happy little dog that needs a lot of exercise. Should be easy to find but not as available as the American Cocker Spaniel.

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