The English Cocker Spaniel is a very beautiful creature. Once you’ve owned one, you may never want to own any other breed. He’ll follow you like a shadow, giving you absolute love, and be fiercely protective of you. Being neither very big nor very small, your Cocker will be the perfect fit for cuddles and snuggles in quiet moments. A cocker spaniel is gentle and affectionate, lively and intelligent, and an excellent choice for a family dog. His engaging personality makes him a hilarious and loyal companion.
Cocker Spaniels are one of the most popular breeds in England. Although some researchers claim Spaniels come from Asia, it's more commonly believed that the breed originated in Spain. Either way, Spaniels reached England sometime in the 14th Century.
The Cocker Spaniel became a breed separated from all other Spaniels in 1893. Prior to this, all the many different varieties of Spaniel were grouped together. Currently, there are 18 different types of Spaniel, of which our adorable English Cocker is by far one of the most popular. He became separated from the American Cocker Spaniel in 1945 on account of their differences in height, body type, hair, and head shape. Our Spaniel is the bigger of the two.
Cocker Spaniels too were bred for hunting, used to flush out and retrieve game, but there are no longer many working gundogs in the UK.
Cocker Spaniels need daily grooming to keep that lovely feathery hair they have around their legs and tail from getting matted. They love exploring so you'll probably need to remove burs and sticks from their coat after a walk.
Being luxuriously long, their ears will need special attention. When held straight the Cocker Spaniel's ears stretch all the way to their noses and given that Cocker’s love to run with their noses to the ground, their silky, glossy ears will need daily grooming so that your cocker can look and feel their best and have you beaming with pride too.
Grooming is an enjoyable way of bonding with your dog, and just 3 minutes a day makes all the difference.
Lovingly nicknamed ‘the merry Cocker’ for their ever-wagging tail and adorable happy personality, some refer to them as the most optimistic breed. This might be on account of their constant grinning.
If you're buying a puppy, it’s important to find a registered breeder who is using DNA screening as part of their breeding process and ensure that whether you buy from a breeder or a reputable rehoming charity all the health checks are done so that you can be confident that your new little friend is in good health.
Cocker Spaniels can be prone to some health issues and some suffer from skin allergies. The might have problems with their eyes as sometimes their eyelashes tend to curl inwards. They can be predisposed to immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA) where their bodies attack their red blood cells and in later years, they can be prone to pancreatitis. If you have any concerns about the health of your Cocker Spaniel, you should contact your vet immediately.
Cocker Spaniels take two years to reach full adulthood and usually live to about 12 to 14 years of age.
Cocker Spaniels are active dogs who love to swim and run so they should be walked two hours a day. They are energetic dogs that love to explore outside, they have been bred for the field and they’re intelligent so they will love it if you play games with them, and if you vary the games they will respond really well.
This inquisitive, sometimes stubborn, fellow adapts well to change and although fiercely protective he has a non-aggressive nature. If you find him behaving like a deranged dervish when you’ve returned to the room after only 1 minute of absence, know that he may be suffering from anxiety. His need for attention and relationship make our much loved English Cocker Spaniel the perfect choice for children, the elderly, and big families.
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