English Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed Information
English Cocker Spaniel Coat
Medium-length, silky and smooth. It should not be curly. The most common colors are liver roan (with or without tan markings), orange roan, blue roan, liver patches (with or without tan markings), black, black and tan, white with black, red, russet brown, or liver. The English Cocker Spaniel is a small but sturdy looking dog, with a handsome appearance and a beautiful silky coat.
English Cocker Spaniel Character
The English Cocker Spaniel is intelligent, lively, gentle, affectionate, and easygoing. The English Cocker Spaniel is an eager, playful, and cheerful dog with plenty of affection to give and a responsive and gentle nature. This is a sociable breed, and loves to be around his loved ones. Sweet and enthusiastic, the English Cocker Spaniel makes for a great family pet, but it is worth noting that some can be overly dependant on their owners to the point where they become clingy, so it is important to teach your English Cocker Spaniel to be independent. These sensitive dogs can sometimes be overly timid and submissive, so early socialization and training is important.
English Cocker Spaniel Temperament
This dog gets along very well with other dogs, family pets, and children.
English Cocker Spaniel Care
Regular grooming with a brush and comb is required, as the coat is prone to tangles. Special attention should be paid to the hair on the legs and ears. It may be necessary to take the dog to a grooming professional two - four times a year to have excess hair trimmed or plucked. The ears should be cleaned regularly.
English Cocker Spaniel Activity
Three walks a day are usually enough to keep them happy, but they also need to have regular opportunities to run freely in the countryside. Most really enjoy swimming.
English Cocker Spaniel Health and Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the English Cocker Spaniel is around 12-15 years. This is quite a sturdy and healthy breed in general, but there are some health problems that have been linked to the breed. This includes HD, PRA, kidney problems, deafness, and cataracts. Allergies, seizures, and thyroid problems may also be a problem in some lines. Parents of the English Cocker Spaniel puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.