Cocker Spaniel

Personality:Happy, smart, gentle

Coat & Grooming:The coat is profuse and requires regular grooming and brushing

Energy Level:Very Active; Energetic sporting dogs, Cockers love their playtime and brisk walks

Originally: England

Nicknames: Cocker

Size: Medium

Meet the Cocker Spaniel

​Go on, try to resist that face. We double dog dare you. Those big, dreamy eyes, that sweetie-pie expression, those long, lush ears that practically demand to be touched—no wonder the Cocker has been America’s most popular breed many times during its long history. The Cocker is the AKC’s smallest sporting spaniel, standing about 14 to 15 inches at the shoulder. The coat comes in enough colors and patterns to please any taste. The body is strong and solid, with smooth, easy movement.

What's Their Story?

​Cockers are hunters’ companions. Their job is to use their sensitive nose to find game birds (like grouse or pheasant) that nest in dense bushes and high grass. Cockers flush the birds into the sky so a hunter can shoot them, and then bring the fallen bird back to the hunter. The Cocker Spaniel was America’s most popular breed of the 1950s. It was the era of Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” and a Cocker named Checkers who helped change the course of U.S. politics.

What are they Like?

​It’s easy to understand the Cocker’s popularity as a family dog. They’re eager playmates for kids, they usually get along with other pets, and they’re easily trained as companions, athletes, or gundogs. Cockers are big enough to be sporty, but compact enough to be portable. A well-bred Cocker will have a sweet, trusting, playful disposition. The coat needs regular grooming; the long ears and big eyes require routine inspection. A Cocker rewards extra grooming time by being the prettiest dog on the block.

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