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American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Cockalier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Cockalier" Compare American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel or Cockalier?
Name American Cocker Spaniel English Cocker Spaniel Cockalier
OriginsUnited States England United States
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank2952318
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Other Names Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker Cockalier Spaniel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Hybrid Club Designer Breed Registry Designer Dogs Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. International Designer Canine Registry
Price $600-$800 $900-$1200 500-700

General Appearance - American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Cockalier

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg) 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Avg. Weight 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg) 30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) 12-15 inches (30-38 cm)
Avg. Height 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) 13.5 inches (34 cm)

Hair & Care - American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Cockalier

Coat Feathered Feathered Smooth
Colors Brown Red Tan Buff Silver Black Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black Black Brown White Merle Speckled Chocolate Golden Red
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Cockalier requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Cockaliers shed moderately.

Characteristics - American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Cockalier

Temperament Outright Tempered Merry Intelligent Trusting Joyful Outgoing Sociable Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet Affectionate Intelligent Loyal Playful Gentle Loving Going
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Cockalier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Cockaliers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Cockalier is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Cockaliers are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cockaliers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Cockaliers are a social breed.
Barking
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The Cockalier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Cockaliers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Cockaliers are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cockalier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cockaliers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Cockaliers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Cockaliers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cockaliers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cockaliers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
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.
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.
Cockaliers 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 Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Cockalier

Stranger Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Cockaliers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cockaliers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Cockaliers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Cockaliers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Cockalier 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.
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cockaliers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Cockaliers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
English Cocker Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Cockaliers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or 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.
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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Cockalier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Cockalier

Health Issues
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cockaliers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Allergies Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Cataracts Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Idiopathic Epilepsy Patellar Luxation Primary Seborrhea Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Renal Failure Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Cockaliers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Cockaliers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Cockaliers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Cockalier has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cockalier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Cockalier

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-7 puppies 6-8 puppies 3-7 puppies

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