Exercising Your Cocker SpanielGood Exercises For Your Cocker Spaniel

The spaniel breeds dates back at least 500 years in the UK, originally bred to flush out woodcocks for hunters to shoot. The American Cocker Spaniel was bred in the late 1800s from the English Cocker Spaniel and was brought to Canada and the United States. This is the smallest hunting dog breed.

Breed Type

Sport/Gun/Hunting dog

Physical Characteristics

  • moderate-energy dogs
  • friendly to people, good with children, can get along with other dogs
  • sweet, cheerful and eager to please
  • playful, but sensitive – they don’t take well to teasing or harsh training


  • loves human company
  • known for having bursts of energy
  • independent spirit, intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively
  • has a self-assured, happy temperament that is easy to live with
  • fine in the company of other dogs & pets and are excellent with children

Best Exercises

Because these dogs are bred to accompany hunters, they do have a lot of stamina but are only moderately energetic. They usually aren’t bouncing off the walls if they don’t have regular exercise, but you still need to let them burn off some energy.

  • Walks – long, steady walks are great.
  • Running – with conditioning, Cocker Spaniels are good running dogs for short times (20 – 30 minutes a couple days a week). Start slowly and consider keeping her coat shorter.
  • Hiking – long, low-key hikes are great, just watch that his coat doesn’t get tangled in branches and bramble.
  • Agility – Cocker Spaniels have enough energy for this sport and many do compete. If you think it’s right for your dog, you can train for fun or for competition.
  • Dog Parks – because Cocker Spaniels are generally friendly with other dogs if you feel yours if well socialized, let her romp with friends for a bit.

Suggested Exercise Plan

  • 1 session a day for 20 – 30 minutes each

Things To Note

Prone to hip dysplasia.