English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is a hunting dog, used to drive game toward the guns. This breed has been around for over 500 years. During the mid 1800s, several types of dogs were classified as Cockers; however the breeds were reclassified later in the late 1800s once breed standards were developed. There are two types of Cocker Spaniel, the American and the English. These were shown together until 1936, when the English Cocker received status as a separate breed. The two somewhat resemble each other, although the English Cocker Spaniel is more closely related in appearance to the Field and the Springer Spaniels.

The Cocker Spaniel is a compact breed. It stands 15 to 17 inches tall and weighs 27 to 34 pounds. Its coat can be solid, parti-color or roan, and can come in several colors. These include: of black, black and tan, black and white, black white and tan, blue roan, blue tick, blue roan and tan, silver, chocolate, chocolate and tan, chocolate and white, chocolate white and tan, chocolate roan, chocolate roan and tan, sable, copper red, red, gold, red roan, red and white, apricot, orange, orange and white, orange roan, lemon, lemon and white, and lemon roan. The body of the Cocker Spaniel is sturdy. Its eyes should be dark and appear alert. Its ears are floppy and long; they should reach the tip of the nose when pulled forward. Its tail is typically docked.

The English Cocker Spaniel is known for its playful, quiet and affectionate temperament. They tend to make excellent pets and bond well with their owners. Very few English Cockers have personality problems regarding aggressive behavior.

The English Cocker Spaniel is a fairly healthy breed. The average English Cocker Spaniel lives 11 to 12 years on average, usually a year longer than the American Cocker Spaniel. Health problems associated with the English Cocker Spaniel include: bite problems, skin allergies, cataracts, deafness, benign tumors, hip dysplasia, patellar lunation, dilated cardiomyopathy and heart murmurs.