The American Cocker Spaniel: Sweet, Loyal And Ever Affectionate .

The Cocker Spaniel is a merry little soul. Stocky, sturdy and smooth with an ever wagging tail, You are never alone with one of these guys by your side.

American Cocker Spaniels Belong To The

Sporting Group

They Are: Happy, Affectionate, Exuberant And Gentle

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What kind of temperament does the American Cocker Spaniel have?

american cocker spanielPersonality: The American Cocker is a smaller sized dog than its English namesake  and has a wonderful temperament and boundless energy. They are great dogs for families as well as single people and really love being with humans, being more likely to wag their tail and welcome a stranger than they are to act aggressively or protectively. This is probably one of the best dog breeds for children of all ages

Differences between American and English Cocker Spaniels

Sharp eyed dog lovers  will know that two distinct breeds of cocker Spaniel exist – The american snd the English Cocker spaniel’s respectively,  but what are the differences between them?

  • The most obvious difference can be seen in the head shapes. The American has a domed skull with a well pronounced stop with more clearly defined eyebrows than the longer shallower skull of the English Cocker.
  • The American Cocker also has a more lustrous coat than that of the English, which though still thick isn’t as long as that of the American’s.
  • The English Cocker Spaniel is slightly larger, than the American, which was bred to flush smaller birds such as quail.
  • The English Cocker Spaniel retains more of a hunting instinct than the American and is a quicker learner.

Is the American Cocker Spaniel an athlete or a couch potato?

Definitely an athlete :Cockers are energetic, bouncy dogs who are best suited to an active lifestyle. Adult Cockers will need about 60 minutes of physical exercise a day. Working types will require more activity than show Cockers to keep them stimulated. A garden is ideal however they will live quite happily in an apartment provided their exercise needs are catered for

Because Cockers are intelligent and trainable, they excel at many activities. Owners of pet Cockers will find a number of ways they can keep their dogs fit:

• Retrieving – many Cockers love playing a game of fetch with a bailor frisbee.

• Obedience – enter classes and competitions.

• Agility – whether you want to do it for fun or train to compete, Cockers get on very well with agility .

• Flyball.





How well does The American Cocker Spaniel get on with everyone else?

american cocker spanielChildren: The Cocker Spaniel personality is happy, friendly and enthusiastic,they will want to get involved in everything the family does. They get on great with adults and children alike, they adore children and are a good size for kids to handle.

Other Animals: Sociable and gentle

Strangers: Will bark a warning, but is more likely to lick an intruder to death


What are the main health concerns that American Cocker Spaniel owners should look out for?

american cocker spanielHealth: The Cocker Spaniel is generally a healthy breed. There are a few hereditary conditions occasionally seen in the breed, although reputable breeders have become better informed about these over the past few years thanks to DNA testing.

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is an untreatable eye condition that results in blindness.
  • Familial nephropathy (FN) is a kidney disease that results in renal failure. The conditions are being eradicated by careful selection of breeding stock.
  • Painful defects of the hips and knees.
  • Particular attention should be paid to keeping those long luxurious ears free from dirt and infection
  • With popularity comes breed warnings. Poorly bred Cockers can be snappy and afraid of people, search out sincere, dedicated breeders who really care about maintaining the breed.
  • Make sure you know how to choose a reputable breeder
  • Ensuring you have adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.


How easy is it to look after and care for your American Cocker Spaniel?


Grooming: The breed has higher than average grooming requirements. The coat needs looking after to keep it at its best. A thorough brush through daily is a must to prevent matting. The coat needs to be stripped about three times a year.

The Cocker’s long ears need to be checked regularly as they can become infected if not kept clean.

Shedding: Moderate Shed

 Training: Cockers excel at training and will want to please their owners. Although extremely intelligent, Cockers can be strong-willed and have their own minds, so will need a firm, fair hand. Untrained Cockers can sometimes become territorial and develop aggressive tendencies



What kind of person gets on best with a Cocker?

Ideal Cocker Spaniel owner’s are: active and affectionate families with plenty of time for energetic walks, play and grooming. 

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit American Spaniel Club


American Cocker Spaniel Breed History

The American Cocker Spaniel derives from the English Cocker Spaniel that was brought over to America during the late 19th Century to flush game birds for the hunt. English Cockers however were deemed slightly too large for American hunters who preferred to hunt small game birds such as quail and whilst the development of the smaller American variety is somewhat vague, the first true American Cocker Spaniel was born circa1880.

Initially these two Cocker varieties were considered to be the same breed, but were officially separated by the AKC in 1935, leading  to a massive surge in popularity for the American variety. Today American Cocker Spaniels are one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S.A

Breed Characteristics

Life Span
10-14 years
Breed Size
Breed Health
Novice Owners?
Easy To Train?
Children Friendly?
Low Maintenance?
Shedding Amount
Apartment Living?
Active Lifestyle?
Dog Friendly?
Good Watch Dog?
High Prey Drive?
Good Guard Dog?

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