English Cocker Spaniels

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You can always tell this breed in the dark. They are the ones with the non-stop wagging tails.

This breed is merry and loving, suitable to live in all sorts of environments as long as there is plenty of exercise involved. Typical of all sporting dogs, they are lively but highly trainable, bred over the centuries to be dependent upon their owners. They do shed some and need regular coat care.

Despite their soft expression, they are tough hunters, capable of working through the densest of covers. 


They are directly descended from the original spaniels developed in Spain over 500 years ago, bred to hunt in dense cover and flush or “cock” small game. When American breeders developed their own native cocker variety, the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America was founded in 1935 to fully differentiate the two breeds.

English Cocker Spaniel Coat Colors

Possible colors include: black, black/white, blue roan, liver, liver/white, liver roan, golden, red, red/white, red roan, orange/white, orange roan, lemon/white, lemon roan, sable and sable/white. Tan markings can occur on most of these color combinations. Blue roan is generally the most popular color. 

English Cocker Spaniels can be "various" in colors, but it's preferred that the parti colors be clearly marked, ticked or roaned. White feet on a solid dog is a no-no, but a bit of white on the throat is okay.

By the Numbers

This puppy is from the UK, where tail docking is outlawed.

Size: 15 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder. Weight ranging from 26 to 34 lbs.

Coat Care:  7 -- medium, requires regular brushing and stripping or clippering

Trainability: 8 -- high. As a hunting dog, they are hard wired to follow their owner’s commands.

Energy level: 8:  Merry and affectionate. They need a surprising amount of exercise and really benefit from at least one good walk a day.

Good with Children: 8 – They generally get along great with well behaved children.

Noise level: medium to high – 8: They can be noisy, especially when bored.

Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: -- 8: They do shed and are not hypoallergenic. Regular brushing keeps the worst of the shedding down.


To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the English Cocker Club of America at or the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org.


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