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English Cocker Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginEngland
Other Names
What other names does the English Cocker Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is English Cocker Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is English 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 English 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 English 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? English Cocker Spaniel price:
$900-$1200
If you choose to purchase the English 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 English Cocker Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the English Cocker Spaniel gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? English Cocker Spaniel size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the English Cocker Spaniel weigh? English Cocker Spaniel weight:
Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the English Cocker Spaniel? English Cocker Spaniel average weight:
Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the English Cocker Spaniel? English Cocker Spaniel height:
Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? English Cocker Spaniel average height:
Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the English Cocker Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper English Cocker Spaniel's coat?
Blue RoanLiverTanGoldenBlack
Grooming
How to groom the English Cocker Spaniel and how often?
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful 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 can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your English Cocker Spaniel, search for a 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 English Cocker Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cocker? English Cocker Spaniel shedding level:
English 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 English Cocker Spaniel have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateFriendlyPlayfulTrainableFaithfulIntelligentQuiet
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the English Cocker Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: English 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 English Cocker Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? English Cocker Spaniel sensitivity:
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
English 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 need? English Cocker Spaniel social needs:
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do English Cocker Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Why does my Merry Cocker Woker bark?
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally. 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 English Cocker Spaniel good as a watchdog?
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the English Cocker Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do English Cocker Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do English Cocker Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cocker? What are the odds of getting bitten by a English Cocker Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The English 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 English Cocker Spaniel do?
English 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 English Cocker Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the English Cocker Spaniel to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does English Cocker Spaniel roam?
Wanderlust potential of the English 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 English Cocker Spaniel have high prey drive?
English 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 English Cocker Spaniel dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is English Cocker Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
English 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?
English 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?
English 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 English 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?
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are English Cocker Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? English Cocker Spaniel and children:
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do English Cocker Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is English Cocker Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do English Cocker Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the English Cocker Spaniel can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are English Cocker Spaniels good office dogs? Do English Cocker Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can English Cocker Spaniels be ofiice dogs?
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do English Cocker Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cocker temperament with senior people? Are English Cocker Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do English Cocker Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are English Cocker Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is English Cocker Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
English Cocker Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can English 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). English Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can English 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. English Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can English 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. English Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can English 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 English Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can English Cocker Spaniel be a boat dog?
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can English 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. English Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do English Cocker Spaniel dogs have health problems?
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the English Cocker Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the English Cocker Spaniel breed? Health risks of English Cocker Spaniel:
CataractsEar InfectionsElbow DysplasiaHip DysplasiaRenal Failure
Life Expectancy
How long do English Cocker Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a English Cocker Spaniel be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the English Cocker Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
English 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 English Cocker Spaniel have?
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do English Cocker Spaniel dogs require per day?
English 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?
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the English Cocker Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? English Cocker Spaniel risk for obesity:
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the English Cocker Spaniel more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the English Cocker Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Cocker Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the English Cocker Spaniel drool?
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the English 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 English 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 does it take to have English Cocker Spaniel puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female English 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 English 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 English Cocker Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of English Cocker Spaniel

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Boat Dog: English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: English Cocker Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Stinkiness: The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: English 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.
  • Office Friendly: English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: English Cocker Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Cocker spaniel

    Oct 6, 2019, 6:04:20 AM:

    I have one. Lovely family dog. Friendly to strangers. No good guard dog. Love him