Cocker Spaniel (English)

About the Breed

The Cocker Spaniel (English) is a lively and affectionate breed with a long and rich history. Known for its cheerful attitude and soft, silky coat, the Cocker Spaniel (English) is a beloved companion for many people. This article will provide an overview of the Cocker Spaniel (English) breed, including its temperament, who it is ideal for, its history, healthy weight, and important health checks. Temperament The Cocker Spaniel (English) has a reputation as an excellent family dog due to its friendly and gentle nature. Highly intelligent and loyal to their families, this breed loves being around people and can be quite playful at times. They are also known to be quite sensitive which makes them quick learners when it comes to training. Ideal Owner The Cocker Spaniel (English) is well suited for households with children or other pets as they get along well with both. They also do well in apartments or small homes as they are not overly active indoors and do not require long daily walks or large outdoor spaces to stay healthy. However, they do need plenty of mental stimulation so they will need regular playtime and activities with their owners or other dogs in order to stay happy. History The origins of the Cocker Spaniel (English) date back hundreds of years when it was used primarily as a hunting dog for small game such as woodcock in Englands woodlands. Over time it became popular in Europe as both a bird hunter but also as a house pet due to its sweet personality. Eventually it made its way across the Atlantic where it became one of Americas favorite breeds by 1940s when it was the most registered breed by the American Kennel Club. Healthy Weight Due to their relatively small size, adult English Cockers typically weigh between 24-28 pounds. To maintain good health, owners should ensure that their pups weight stays within this range. It's important that Cockers don't become overweight because extra pounds can put strain on their bones, joints, heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, lungs etc. which may lead to certain illnesses over time. Health Checks To ensure that your English Cocker remains healthy throughout his lifetime there are certain health checks that should be done regularly : Eye Exam - It's recommended that Cockers have an annual eye exam starting at 8 weeks old ; Heart Exam An echocardiogram once every two years after age 5 ; Hip Dysplasia X-rays should be taken every 2 years from age 2-6; Ear Infections Regular cleaning of ears is important because Cockers are prone to ear infections ; Joint Issues X-rays should be taken every year from 6 months old until 3 years old ; Dental Care Regular brushing of teeth plus professional cleanings twice per year starting at 6 months old are essential for keeping your pups teeth clean and healthy. Conclusion Overall, The Cocker Spaniel (English) is an excellent choice for those looking for an intelligent yet gentle companion who loves being around people. This breed requires some daily exercise but can adjust well in most living environments whether you live in a house or apartment building. With proper care including regular health checks your English Cocker will remain healthy throughout his lifetime making him the perfect companion for many years!

Healthy weight:

15-25 pounds

Recommended Food

Medium or Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • Golden
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Black & White
  • Parti-Colored
  • Red
  • Silver
  • Chocolate
  • Liver & Tan
  • Blue Roan

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Responsible
  • Compassionate
  • Active
  • Loving
  • Dedicated

Health Considerations

  • Ear infections
  • Eye problems
  • Skin allergies
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obesity
  • Epilepsy

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


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