English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is a happy affectionate dog that is full of energy and requires a lot of exercise. They need a strong-willed owner.

These small dogs are considered to be relatively high maintenance with their coat needing daily care and the need for lots of exercise and play time.

English Cocker Spaniel Facts

English Cocker Spaniel

Exercise Requirements:      5 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       2 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         3 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 38-41 cm (15-16 in)

Weight: 13-14.5 kg (28-32 lb)

Coat: Silky and flat, which if of medium length. The body, fore-legs and hind-legs are well feathered

Colour: Black, liver or red; white with black, blue, liver with red markings, roaning or ticking

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Special Characteristics

These dogs have lots of energy to burn and are therefore very playful. These dogs are interested in scents and will be independent when outside on walks. The English Cocker Spaniel is a happy, affectionate, busy, exuberant and wilful dog.

Exercise Requirements

These dogs need a lot of energetic play and walks to keep them happy and content. They are classed as breed that has high exercise requirements.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: They are loyal towards their owners together with showing lots of affection.

Children: Will be tolerant of children if they have been well socialised from a young age.

Other Pets: Will only be good around other small pets in the house if they have been raised with them.

Strangers: Will be reserved around strangers and sometimes friendly.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Will be friendly towards other English Cocker Spaniels and other dog breeds.

What to Watch Out For

These dogs have been know to display possession guarding and are very strong-willed, even more so with the solid colours of this breed.

Their feathery coat will bring in mud and dirt from outside and will need cleaning on a regular basis. The coat and their long hairy ears need daily care to keep it looking healthy and to stop it from smelling.

Health Risks

Quite a few things to take note of here; patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, detached retina, cataracts, epilepsy, heart disease and hypothyroidism.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the English Cocker Spaniel will need to be very active to satisfy the dogs high exercise needs and will have to be strong-willed.

A sociable owner that has enough time to devote to regular play and training with the dog is the most suited to this breed.

More Photos

English Cocker Spaniel with liver colour fur coat English Cocker Spaniel with lovely red fur coat

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