Introducing the English Cocker Spaniel!
Behavior common to the English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel is a loyal and lively breed of dog. These dogs are perfect for owners who love to be close to their pets and spend a lot of time with them. English Cocker Spaniels tend to grow very fond of their owners and wish to be around them at all times. Because of this desire to be close to humans, the English Cocker Spaniel should not be left alone for long periods of time. This breed is playful and will benefit from exercise and active games outdoors.
Being eager to please owners, English Cocker Spaniels tend to be quite trainable. A gentle approach which features positive reinforcement without harsh corrections or punishment will benefit this sensitive breed. Despite their gentle natures, these dogs also make adept hunters who are determined and athletic. These qualities also make English Cocker Spaniels proficient sporting dogs. This breed is a good choice for families, as the dogs get along great with other people and animals if properly socialized. In fact, their tendency to welcome strangers and guests in a friendly matter makes them somewhat-poor watchdogs, though they will bark to alert their families of approaching strangers. Children should be taught to interact with the dog gently before leaving them to play.
Appearance of the English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel is a handsome breed. At 14 to 17 inches tall and 26 to 34 pounds in weight, they fit into the small breed category. The breed features a feathered double coat with thick undercoat and silky, long outercoat in black, tan, white, blue, brown, gold, red, or orange. Coats may be solid or a mix of colors. Tails are typically docked and their round eyes appear to stare forward. The breed also features large ears that hang downward.
Grooming your English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel’s feathered coat requires frequent brushing to remain smooth and tangle-free. Some coats may be more prone to matting than others. Their large, heavy ears are prone to infection and will require proper cleaning. Veterinarians can recommend techniques and products to use on the ears. Additionally, all dogs require proper dental cleanings in order to remain healthy.
History of the English Cocker Spaniel
Arriving in England centuries ago, the English Cocker Spaniel is one of the oldest known types of Spaniel. The breed descends from the Spaniel dogs of Spain. At one time, all types of Spaniels were grouped together as one. Eventually, the breed received its own distinction and was named after the Woodcock, a type of bird often hunted by this breed.