Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

General Description


(Cocker Spaniel) The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest breed of sporting spaniels. They have a compact body with a short back and a gently sloping topline. Their legs are stout, straight, and well-boned. American Cocker Spaniels have a defined, round head with an abrupt stop and a square jaw. Their friendly eyes are round, dark, and close-set, and their strong teeth meet in a scissors bite. Depending on the color of coat, an American Cocker Spaniel could have a brown or black nose. Their dropped ears (pendulous ears) hang very long, and their tails are docked to less than half their original length. American Cocker Spaniels have a beautifully soft, lush, silky, feathered coat. The coat on this breed is of medium length and comes in a wide variety of colors.

Cocker Spaniels are good hunters but they are a good family pet too.

They range from 13 to 14.5 for a female and 14 to 15.5 [max] for a male… 16 inches is very large

American Cocker Spaniel’s are known for their intellegence and cooperation.

American Cocker Spaniel’s are great family pets as well as a great pack animal that enjoys play time.

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Character


American Cocker Spaniels are commonly used as pets, but they also serve a working purpose. They are naturally kind, affectionate, and sensitive, and they are respectful of authority. American Cocker Spaniels are fairly intelligent, trusting, and cheerful. They are usually excellent with children and very even-tempered. However, there are temperamental variations due to the breed’s popularity. When buying American Cocker Spaniels, it’s important to choose them from reputable breeders. Poor breeding can lead to a number of unappealing characteristics and bad behavior in specimens. Well-bred American Cocker Spaniels are lively, playful, and social. They need proper training from a young age to avoid the onset of shyness.

The training for spaniels is often hard, but they will learn if treated kindly and carefully.

The key in training this breed is to keep in mind that these dogs are very sensitive to your emotions and getting upset or frustrated with them is an easy way to lose their trust. For best results be patient.

Size


14 – 16 inches

The breed standared is 13 1/2 to 15 1/2 inches

15-18 inches

Weight


15 – 30 pounds

30-50 pounds

General Health


American Cocker Spaniels are affected by a number of health concerns. IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) is fairly common in this breed, and is usually a life-threatening condition. Eye and ear problems like infections, PRA, glaucoma, and cataracts are common. Ear inflammation, luxating patellas, and hip dysplasia are less prevalent, but they are still a concern. The average life span of an American Cocker Spaniel is 12 to 15 years, and they average 5 puppies per litter.

they approximately have from 5 to 7 pupies per litter

13 to 17 years if healthy. 5 to 6 pups per litter

History


The American Cocker Spaniel was originally developed in the United States from careful breeding of the English Cocker Spaniel. The breed is most heavily utilized as a companion and show dog, but it has a number of other natural talents including hunting, tracking, retrieving, and agility. They also make excellent watchdogs.

Maintenance


American Cocker Spaniels need regular trimming and grooming. Even if their coat is left long, it needs to be maintained. Daily brushing and frequent shampooing are sufficient. American Cocker Spaniels’ eyes need frequent cleaning to prevent the onset of irritation or infection. They are average shedders.

Ears need to be cleaned at least twice a month, or once a week just to be careful

Ideal Environment


American Cocker Spaniels are content in any living environment, though they prefer at least a small backyard. This breed needs to be exercised regularly to prevent the onset of weight problems or emotional distress.

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