Cocker Spaniel - English
- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 5
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 7
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Cocker Spaniel - English
- COLOR(S):Black, jet black, shading of brown or liver
The English Cocker Spaniel is an alert, compactly built, medium-sized dog. The English Cocker is the smallest in the gundog group. It hunts well in difficult terrain. These days, the English Cocker is more often a companion dog due to its good-natured disposition. The talents of this breed are tracking, hunting, retrieving, watchdogging, agility, and competitive obedience. It is also called the Merry Cocker because of its energetic, playful, and eager to please nature and its unique tail wagging which includes its entire hindquarters. It is compact but bigger than the American Cocker Spaniel.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a hardy, energetic, active, merry and lovable, sweet and affectionate dog. It makes an excellent family dog and good companion to children; it is gentle and playful, but does not tolerate teasing well. Usually gets along well with other pets. This breed is highly intelligent; obeys respectfully the orders it is given. The Cocker Spaniel is a moderate barker. Generally it is an outgoing breed, but some individuals can be reserved. Some bitches are fairly dominant; males tend to be more cooperative.This dog is sensitive but also independent and intelligent; it should be trained very gently, but firmly. The Cocker Spaniel can do well with cats in the household.
Flat and silky in texture.
Inherited eye diseases, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), ear infections, and kidney problems such as familial nephropathy. Other health concerns include allergies, deafness, heart disease, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, seizures, temperament problems such as rage syndrome in solid colored dogs, and skin problems.
English Cocker Spaniels enjoy as much exercise as they can receive. Daily walks and free run should be part of their routine as they are a sporting breed.
English Cocker Spaniel training should be with understanding and consistency, as they are a naturally willing dog who quickly understands and will want to do what you want. Positive training is probably best.