|Other names:||English Cocker Spaniel
|FCI Dog Group||Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs, Water Dogs. Section 2 Flushing dogs. With working trial.
Merry, sturdy, sporting; well balanced and compact. Lady, a female American Cocker Spaniel, is featured in the 1955 Disney film Lady and the Tramp and the 2019 film with the same name.
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Female: 36–41 cm Male: 38–43 cm
Female: 12–15 kg Male: 13–16 kg
From 190 to 260 g. daily
Black; red; golden; liver (chocolate); black and tan; liver and tan; No white allowed except a small amount on chest.
Merry nature with everwagging tail shows a typical bustling movement, particularly when following scent, fearless of heavy cover. Gentle and affectionate, yet full of life and exuberance.
Cocker Spaniels were recognized as a separate breed from Field and Springer Spaniels soon after the formation of the Kennel Club in 1873. He originated as the ‘cocking spaniel’, and derived this name from flushing woodcock. As with a number of gundog breeds there is nowadays a difference between those used for work and those used for show: the show Cocker is a sturdier, heavier version of his working counterpart.
Cocker Spaniels have a sweet disposition and tend to be intelligent, making them a good pet for families in particular. This breed of dog is easy to train, but due to their sensitive nature, do not tend to respond well to harsh training methods. Training using positive reinforcement and encouragement is the best method for the Cocker Spaniel.
Cocker Spaniels can suffer from separation anxiety and best enjoy being in a household environment around people.
That said, the Cocker Spaniel was bred as a hunting dog and needs regular exercise outdoors. Up to an hour a day is usually enough.
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