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American Cocker Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about American Cocker Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the American Cocker Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is American Cocker Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is American Cocker Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the American Cocker Spaniel breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine Registry
Price
How much does the American Cocker Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? American Cocker Spaniel price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the American Cocker Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a American Cocker Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Cocker Spaniel gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? American Cocker Spaniel size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the American Cocker Spaniel weigh? American Cocker Spaniel weight:
15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the American Cocker Spaniel? American Cocker Spaniel average weight:
22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Cocker Spaniel? American Cocker Spaniel height:
15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? American Cocker Spaniel average height:
15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the American Cocker Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper American Cocker Spaniel's coat?
BrownRedTanBuffSilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the American Cocker Spaniel and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The American Cocker Spaniel requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your American Cocker Spaniel is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do American Cocker Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cocker Spaniel? American Cocker Spaniel shedding level:
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Cocker Spaniel have? What characteristics does the breed have?
OutrightTemperedMerryIntelligentTrustingJoyfulOutgoingSociable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Cocker Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are American Cocker Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? American Cocker Spaniel sensitivity:
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cocker Spaniel need? American Cocker Spaniel social needs:
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do American Cocker Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cocker bark?
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is American Cocker Spaniel good as a watchdog?
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do American Cocker Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do American Cocker Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cocker Spaniel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a American Cocker Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Cocker Spaniel do?
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Cocker Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Cocker Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does American Cocker Spaniel roam?
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does American Cocker Spaniel have high prey drive?
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that American Cocker Spaniel dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is American Cocker Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
American Cocker Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where American Cocker Spaniel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American Cocker Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? American Cocker Spaniel and children:
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Cocker Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is American Cocker Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do American Cocker Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Cocker Spaniel can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are American Cocker Spaniels good office dogs? Do American Cocker Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can American Cocker Spaniels be office dogs?
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do American Cocker Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cocker Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are American Cocker Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do American Cocker Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are American Cocker Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is American Cocker Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can American Cocker Spaniel be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). American Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can American Cocker Spaniel be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. American Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can American Cocker Spaniel be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. American Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can American Cocker Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The American Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can American Cocker Spaniel be a boat dog?
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can American Cocker Spaniel be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. American Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do American Cocker Spaniel dogs have health problems?
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the American Cocker Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the American Cocker Spaniel breed? Health risks of American Cocker Spaniel:
AllergiesAutoimmune Hemolytic AnemiaCataractsGlaucomaHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismIdiopathic EpilepsyPatellar LuxationPrimary SeborrheaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do American Cocker Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a American Cocker Spaniel be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Cocker Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Cocker Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Cocker Spaniel have?
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Cocker Spaniel dogs require per day?
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Cocker Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? American Cocker Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the American Cocker Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the American Cocker Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the American Cocker Spaniel drool?
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American Cocker Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American Cocker Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the American Cocker Spaniel pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? American Cocker Spaniel pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Cocker Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Cocker Spaniel have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Cocker Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-7 puppies

Pros & Cons of American Cocker Spaniel

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
  • Health Issues: American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat Dog: American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: American Cocker Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: American Cocker Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

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