Dog English Cocker Spaniel: traits, characteristics and origin
English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is an active, good-natured, sporting dog standing well up at the withers and compactly built. It is one of several varieties of spaniel and somewhat resembles its American cousin, the American Cocker Spaniel, although it is closer to the working-dog form of the Field Spaniel and the English Springer Spaniel.

Description

CategoryMedium breeds: 20-50 lbs
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Name of originEnglish Cocker Spaniel
Other namesCocker Spaniel, Cocker

The English Cocker Spaniel is a sturdy, compact, well-balanced dog. It has a characteristic expression showing intelligence and alertness. Its eyes should be dark and its lobular ears should reach "a bit past" the tip of the nose when pulled forward. The breed standard indicates that the males of the breed are on average between 15.5–16 inches (39–41 cm) at the withers with the females a little smaller, growing to between 15–15.5 inches (38–39 cm). Both males and females of the breed weigh approximately 13–14.5 kilograms (29–32 lb).

History

Spaniel type dogs have been found in art and literature for almost 500 years. Initially, spaniels in England were divided among land spaniels and water spaniels. The differentiation among the spaniels that led to the breeds that we see today did not begin until the mid-19th century. The English Cocker Spaniel has been the most successful breed in winning Best in Show, winning on a total of seven occasions between 1928 and 2009.

Temperament

Cockers are compassionate, determined, kind, intelligent, athletic, alert and resilient and make great family pets. The breed does not like being alone, and will bond strongly to an individual person in a family, usually the one who feeds it. Known for optimism, intelligence and adaptability, the breed is extremely loyal and affectionate. The English Cocker Spaniel has a cheerful nature. They rank 18th in Stanley Coren's 'The Intelligence of Dogs', being of excellent working/obedience intelligence. With a good level of socialisation at an early age, Cocker Spaniels can get well along with people, children, other dogs and other pets.

Advice

This breed seems to have a perpetually wagging tail and prefers to be around people; it is not best suited to the backyard alone.

Use

Hunting dog, Companion dog

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