The name Cocker Spaniel derives from our original purpose of removing woodcocks from cover in the wild – ‘Cocking Spaniel’. We were recognised as a separate breed from our pesky cousins the Springer and Field Spaniel very early on by those astute people at The Kennel Club. We are now the most popular of all Spaniel breeds – and proud of it!
What do I look like?
Us cocker spaniels have a wonderful silkiness about our coats. We’re wonderful to touch – like a gorgeous silk handbag! Our long pendulous ears are a particular feature. For show purposes our skull should not be too broad or long. We have strong and muscular necks with a compact body. Our tail is usually docked. Eyes are typically brown or hazel. We’re generally pretty healthy dogs.
What do I need from you?
We will expect lots of exercise, and are particularly happy if it involves carrying something in our mouth. Balls, sticks – we’ll carry anything for ya! With all that exercise we do tend to get a bit tangled so be ready to groom us.
What I will give in return
We are very gregarious dogs, always eager to please our owners. We’re a great family dog too, always full of fun and often up to no good. We’re great tail waggers and generally present a pleasant disposition and a busy outlook on life. I warn you now this means we are likely to be well received by most animal loving strangers so expect a lot of interest!
How big will I get?
Typically 15in-16in in height and about 28lb-32lb (13kg-14kg) in weight.
Charlize Theron, George Clooney, Elton John, Courtney Cox and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are just a selection of the numerous celebrities enchanted by the cocker spaniel.
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