Cocker Spaniel Puppies

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The Playful, Affectionate, and Friendly Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are the smallest member of the Spaniel dog group. Though mostly a companion dog, this breed is also a capable bird dog. The Cocker Spaniel is not only beautiful to look at, but it is also a joy to have in the family because of its joyful nature and willingness to please.

Cocker Spaniel At a Glance

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Cocker Spaniel At a Glance

  • Size: 13"-15", 15-30 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Long and wavy
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Sporting
  • Common Nicknames: American Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel Breed Guide

Learn More About Cocker Spaniels

  • Temperament

    Cocker Spaniels are a playful, affectionate, and friendly breed that's easy to train, making them good for first-time dog owners. Cockers love to please their owners, but it's essential that they receive firm leadership. Cocker Spaniels who are trained and socialized well during puppyhood won't have a problem getting along with children, other dogs, or strangers. For the most part, they're eager to meet just about everyone. Cockers aren't overly energetic, but they still require daily physical and mental stimulation. Without it, these dogs may become hyperactive or destructive. Generally, a daily walk will give a Cocker Spaniel the exercise it needs to remain calm and even-tempered throughout the rest of the day.

  • Health

    Cocker Spaniels are generally healthy but could be prone to certain medical conditions, like eye problems, AIHA, hypothyroidism, primary seborrhea, allergies, idiopathic epilepsy, hip dysplasia, & patellar luxation.

  • Activity Level

    Due to their history as hunting dogs, Cocker Spaniels need plenty of exercise. While a short walk will exhaust a Cocker Spaniel puppy, an adult Cocker will require about 30 minutes of walking twice a day, with additional free time to play. These pups especially enjoy a good game of fetch.

  • Grooming

    Cocker Spaniels require regular grooming because they can easily tangle or mat. Brushing should be thorough but not vigorous, as you can hurt their skin. Cocker Spaniels also need thorough bathing with quality shampoo, which you should ensure is completely rinsed out with multiple rinses. Drying should be done with a blow-dryer on a low setting. 

  • Shedding

    Cocker Spanials are moderate shedders but regular brushing can lessen the amount of fur shed.

  • Appearance

    The Cocker Spaniel is a medium-sized dog known for its expressive eyes and soft, curly ears. Their thick, wavy coats can be a variety of colors, including black, cream, red, white, and brown. Their appearance requires continual upkeep, both at home and at the groomer.

  • History

    The American Cocker Spaniel is a descendent of the English Cocker Spaniel, both of which were used for hunting quail and other small birds. English Cocker Spaniels came to America during the late 19th century, but Americans preferred a slightly smaller version of the dog for hunting small game. So, the Cocker was gradually bred down in size over several generations, and the first "true" American Cocker Spaniel was born around 1880. While once considered the same breed, the American and English Cocker Spaniel were officially separated by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1935. After this separation occurred, the American Cocker's popularity began to soar. Since then, it has remained one of the most popular breeds in America.