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English Cocker Spaniel

Personality:Merry and responsive, alive with energy

Coat & Grooming:The silky coat is short on the head, medium on body, feathery on ears, chest, belly, and legs

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Upbeat outdoors, mellow indoors, ECs are happy to flush a bird or snooze at your feet

Originally: England

Nicknames: EC

Size: Medium

Meet the English Cocker Spaniel

​Like the Cocker Spaniel, the English Cocker—a completely separate breed, mind you—comes in a multitude of colors and patterns, including the festive-sounding “parti-color.” While not a big breed (males are 28 to 34 pounds, females 26 to 32), the EC is compact and muscular, as befits an ability to flush and retrieve game. They need daily exercise—a long walk or spirited play session will do the trick.

What's Their Story?

​The history of the English Cocker resembles that of lots of other breeds—what starts out as one breed is divided and reclassified into offshoots, to refine their function and look. In the late 1800s spaniels were separated into springers and cockers, with cockers being smaller and bred to hunt woodcock. In 1935, there was yet another split, and the English Cocker received his own designation from the AKC. Which is as it should be, since the EC is a true original.

What are they Like?

​The saying “A face only a mother could love” definitely doesn’t apply to the English Cocker. They are famous for their so-called “melting expression”: A soft, dewy-eyed look that could warm even the coldest heart. They’re responsive to praise and respect, and they don’t forget it if they are treated harshly, so gentle training will result in a happy, steady dog. The English Cocker is the Lindsay Vonn of dogs: a world-class athlete who can hold her own on the red carpet.

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