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English Cocker Spaniel

Tags: Sporting, Adaptable to apartment life, Calm temperament

We share a lot of history (way back to 14th-century England) and characteristics (hunting ability and “model pet” accolades) with the American Cocker Spaniel. After the two Cocker Spaniel breeds were separated in the 1930s, the American Kennel Club recognized our distinguished line, the English Cocker Spaniel, in 1946. Compared to the American Cocker Spaniel, we tend to run a bit bigger (15-17 inches at the shoulder, 26-34 pounds) and out heads are longer. But we all have those irresistible pleading eyes. How can you say no?

Rave review

  • Affectionate, devoted family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Calm as a clam
  • Energizer doggie
  • Hardy hunter
  • Outdoor enthusiast
  • Outgoing extrovert
  • Playful pal
  • Pleased to please
  • Ready to romp
  • Social butterfly

Report card

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with ample exercise
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Intelligent and ready to learn

What to expect

My wagging tail is always in motion, but the rest of me needs exercise, too. Leash walking is great, but I love nothing more than running -- at a fenced-in dog park if one is handy. Don't be surprised if I head for nearby water -- with or without ducks to bring back -- and I am a great swimmer. Just in case, though, you might equip me with a DFD (dog flotation device) life vest. And in wet conditions or dry, please watch for ear infections.

Watch for

Possible vision disorders (PRA, glaucoma, cataracts), blood disorders, and deafness.

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