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English Cocker Spaniel


One of the oldest Spaniels we know of today, the English Cocker Spaniel is completely separate than the American Cocker Spaniel breed, in which was developed by the English Cocker Spaniel. The English Cocker Spaniel is known for their hunting, tracking, companionship, obedience and agility abilities.


The English Cocker Spaniel is a medium breed in size with males and females measuring 14-17 inches in height and weighing 25-40 pounds in weight. This breed has a round and flattened shaped forehead with a short, rectangular muzzle. Their muzzle comes to an abrupt stop at their large nose, which is available in brown to black. This breed as two perfectly round eyes available in a golden yellow or dark brown to black in color. Their two long, pendant shaped years hang below their face. This breed has a solid and compact body build. Their tail is generally cropped, however if not, their tail is medium in length with hair flowing off of it. Their natural tail should be hanging low and upwards when relaxed. This breed has a single layer coat that is medium in length and typically curly to wavy in texture. Their coat is available in brown, liver, black, red, or parti color of these combinations.


The English Cocker Spaniel is a very outgoing, loving, loyal companion. Known to do extremely well with children of all ages he or she grows up around as well as non canine pets within the home. This breed can be a barker, so it is important to consider this trait when thinking of adding an English Cocker Spaniel to your home. This breed is an extremely well listener and is eager to please their owner. Proper physical and mental exercise need to be met daily to ensure the best behaved dog within your home at night. This breed needs to feel like he or she is apart of the family and can help with things to be the happiest that they are able to be. The English Cocker Spaniel is sensitive to tone of voice, and any potential owners need to keep this in mind. As always, only positive reinforcement training methods are recommended.


This breed requires daily brushing and bathing when needed. A trip to a professional groomer is recommended about two or three times a year.

Special Notes

A properly fenced in yard, or harness and leash are highly recommended when your dog is outside at all times. Please note that any hunting breed has the potential to track scents and wander off. This breed is prone to deafness, ear infections and weight issues. Please fully educate yourself about this breed prior to adding one to your home to ensure you are able to meet the physical and financial requirements for the life of your new addition. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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