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 flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the English Cocker Spaniel have?
Merry Cocker WokerCocker
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

English Cocker Spaniel Price and Availability

Price
How much does the English Cocker Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of an English Cocker Spaniel in the United States? How much money is an English Cocker Spaniel?

Where to buy an English Cocker Spaniel with a good pedigree?

$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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a English Cocker Spaniel? How many English Cocker Spaniel are there in the world?
Very frequent: The English Cocker Spaniel is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

English Cocker Spaniel Size

Size
Is an English Cocker Spaniel small, medium or large dog?

How big do English Cocker Spaniel get?

What is the average size of an English Cocker Spaniel?

Medium
Weight
How much does the English Cocker Spaniel weigh? How much should an English Cocker Spaniel weight? What is the normal weight of an English Cocker Spaniel? How much does a full-grown English Cocker Spaniel weight?
Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an English Cocker Spaniel?
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)
Average Height
What is the average height of an English Cocker Spaniel?
Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

English Cocker Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the English Cocker Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper English Cocker Spaniel coats?
Blue RoanLiverTanGoldenBlack
Grooming
How to groom the English Cocker Spaniel and how often? How often should I take my English Cocker Spaniel to the groomer?
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 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 Merry Cocker Woker? Do English Cocker Spaniel dogs shed a lot?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the English Cocker Spaniel need a bath? How often should you give an English Cocker Spaniel a bath? Can I bathe my English Cocker Spaniel every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

English Cocker Spaniel Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the English Cocker Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateFriendlyPlayfulTrainableFaithfulIntelligentQuiet
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the English Cocker Spaniel? Is the English Cocker Spaniel breed dumb or smart?
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 the first command 85% of the time or better.

The English Cocker Spaniel is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are English Cocker Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train an English Cocker Spaniel?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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:
Sensitive: English Cocker Spaniel dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an English Cocker Spaniel a good family dog?
High: English Cocker Spaniel dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs 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 Merry Cocker Woker need? English Cocker Spaniel social needs:
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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 the same barks could have different meanings.

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? Are they alert at night?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the English Cocker Spaniel dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do English Cocker Spaniel dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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 Merry Cocker Woker? 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.)
Bite Force
Does the English Cocker Spaniel has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an English Cocker Spaniel? How much bite force does an English Cocker Spaniel have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

English Cocker Spaniel bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The English Cocker Spaniel, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the English Cocker Spaniel do?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but English Cocker Spaniel dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the English Cocker Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does English Cocker Spaniel roam?
The 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 Spaniel dogs 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? Can you have an English Cocker Spaniel in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the English Cocker Spaniel breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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
How long can an English Cocker Spaniel be left alone? How long can you leave an English Cocker Spaniel 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.

English Cocker Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? English Cocker Spaniel temperament with other people:
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
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.
Child Friendly
Are English Cocker Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? English Cocker Spaniel temperament with children:
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the English Cocker Spaniel breed live with a cat?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is English Cocker Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is English Cocker Spaniel breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
English Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are English Cocker Spaniel dogs good office canines? Do English Cocker Spaniel dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office 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 Merry Cocker Woker 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.

English Cocker Spaniel Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do English Cocker Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
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 genetic/health problems does the English Cocker Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the English Cocker Spaniel breed? Most common health risks of English Cocker Spaniel:
CataractsEar InfectionsElbow DysplasiaHip DysplasiaRenal Failure
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the English Cocker Spaniel breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the English Cocker Spaniel see the vet?
Average
The English Cocker Spaniel should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do English Cocker Spaniel dogs live? How old can a English Cocker Spaniel be? What is the age limit of the English Cocker Spaniel? How many years can the oldest English Cocker Spaniel live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an English Cocker Spaniel?

How long is the lifespan of an English Cocker Spaniel?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of English Cocker Spaniel: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the English Cocker Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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? What is the activity level of the English Cocker Spaniel?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an English Cocker Spaniel need? How much exercise do English Cocker Spaniel dogs require per day?

Do English Cocker Spaniel dogs need a lot of exercises?

English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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 the English Cocker Spaniel breed need?
English Cocker Spaniel dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an English Cocker Spaniel need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an English Cocker Spaniel breed eat per day? What is good dog food for English Cocker Spaniel? How much food should I feed my English Cocker Spaniel?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 be 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 weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and 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 of a 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 minimum 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.

English Cocker Spaniel As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can English Cocker Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a English Cocker Spaniel be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The English Cocker Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where English Cocker Spaniel dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

English Cocker Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an English Cocker Spaniel pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the English Cocker Spaniel breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the English Cocker Spaniel breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an English Cocker Spaniel have? How many puppies can an English Cocker Spaniel give birth to?
6-8 puppies

English Cocker Spaniel Recognition

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 RegistryAustralian National Kennel CouncilCanadian Canine RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

English Cocker Spaniel Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: English Cocker Spaniel dogs are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the English Cocker Spaniel breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: English Cocker Spaniel dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: English Cocker Spaniel dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: English Cocker Spaniel dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: English Cocker Spaniel dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: English Cocker Spaniel dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: English Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: English Cocker Spaniel dogs 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 / Prone to Obesity: High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The 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.

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English Cocker Spaniel Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • lilly

    Apr 7, 2021, 3:16:33 AM:

    super dog

  • bisu

    Apr 7, 2021, 2:44:17 AM:

    best dog in the world

  • dibyaansh

    Apr 5, 2021, 4:10:24 AM:

    best dog breed

  • assilva

    Feb 2, 2021, 12:16:39 AM:

    The best dog I ever had. Very intelligent.

  • Cocker spaniel

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

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