Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:American Cocker Spaniel
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:High
  • Grooming:High
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Medium, will bark
  • Good with Children:Yes, if raised with them and well socialized
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF, luxating patella screening
  • Weight:24-28 lbs
  • Height:Male: 14.5-15.5, Female: 13.5-14.5 inches
  • Coat Colour:Black variety: solid black or black and tan; ASCOB variety: cream, red, brown, and brown with tan points, any colour with white

Cocker Spaniel Coat

Most commonly seen in white, solid black or light cream this breed has a beautiful silky coat that should either lie flat, or be slightly wavy. Clipping is necessary to keep hair at medium length.

Cocker Spaniel Character

Cocker Spaniels are intelligent and very loyal dogs. However, they do require an energetic owner, as they are very playful and active. This lively breed makes a great household pet, and should not be left outdoors for a long period of time. Their long hair prevents them from staying cool in hot weather. This breed is sure to bring plenty of joy to your life.

Cocker Spaniel Temperament

Cocker Spaniels are beautiful dogs that can get along well with older children and animals providing they do not pester. A very cheerful dog, this breed loves to play and sometimes enjoys barking. This very gentle breed can become somewhat of a tyrant if not given the proper attention or socialization.

Cocker Spaniel Care

This breed has a long and flat or wavy coat that requires daily brushing. This breed requires grooming on a daily basis if hair is to stay long. Eyes should be cleaned daily to remove any tear stains. Trimming is necessary. Ears must be cleaned regularly to avoid ear infections.

Cocker Spaniel Activity

The Cocker Spaniel is recommended for a home with at least a small yard, but can do well in an apartment if they receive the proper exercise. This is a fairly active breed and does require 3 walks per day, unless able to roam free in a fenced back yard for exercise.

Cocker Spaniel Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Cocker Spaniel is around 10-14 years, and there are a number of health problems that are linked to this breed. This includes PRS. HD, cataracts, autoimmune problems, skin conditions, and epilepsy. You should ensure that the parents of the Cocker Spaniel have OFA and CERF certificates.