Cocker Spaniel (A)
Small in size but big on fun!
Country of Origin: U.S.A
Dog Group: Gundog
Origin of Name: The Cocker Spaniel was bred to be a gun dog and was a type of land spaniel in the 19th century. They were bred to hunt for wood cock. Hence they get their name from the birds they use to hunt.
SheddingYes (A bit high)
Monthly keeping costPremium
Tendency to Bark:Very less
Life Span-13 to 14 years
Availability-Easy to get
About Cocker Spaniel:
One of the most popular pets for pet lovers in US, an American cocker spaniel or Cocker Spaniel is a capable sporting dog. Blessed with a amenable, cheerful and affectionate disposition, a Cocker Spaniel is one of the smallest sporting dog breed and also the smallest of the Spaniel family.A well-bred and socialized Cocker Spaniel is gentle, loving, sweet, affectionate and playful and a joyous little bundle. Cocker Spaniels are also one of the most popular breeds in various Dog Shows where they are a part of show dogs and also a part of agility and obedience activities.
Historically, the word Spaniel means a Spanish Dog and the history of a Cocker Spaniel dates back to 14th century. By 1800, Cocker Spaniels were categorized into two - toy dogs and hunting dogs. Cocker Spaniels have long been used as a hunting dog for a game bird called woodcock. It is believed that a Cocker Spaniel was one of the few dogs that crossed the ocean in the Mayflower to America. It was in 1870 that the Americans began importing English Cocker Spaniels to the United States. In early 1881, the first American Spaniel Club was formed by Clinton Wilmerding and James Watson. It was only in 1946 that the American kennel Club recognized the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel as two separate breed of dogs.
One of the most unique aspect of an American Cocker Spaniel is its long, floppy, silky ears that fall gracefully to the side of the face. Cocker Spaniels have a beautiful silky coat and they are quite popular for their ever wagging tails. Another special distinctive feature of a cocker spaniel is that they are one of the most stunning dogs to look at with their silky coats, adorable facial expressions and melting dark almond ring eyes.
Visits to Groomer-High
Tolerance to heat-Get a heatstroke
Tolerance to cold-loves snow
Coat Type-Flat and silky
Cocker Spaniels are generally a healthy breed of dog. Some of the common health issues that Cocker Spaniels might be prone are:
Progressive retinal atrophy
Cataracts and Glaucoma
Cocker Spaniels are one of the most playful, loyal, affectionate, sturdy, stocky, friendly, protective, devoted and happy dogs. Their friendly nature makes them terrible watch dogs. They have been blessed with a patient yet protective temperament making them very good family dogs. Cocker Spaniels require at least an hour hours of vigorous exercise that will engage them physically and mentally. Cocker Spaniels do extremely well in both apartment and large houses.
Training & Intelligence
Cocker Spaniels are an intelligent breed of dogs. They have been a part of various dog shows not only for their beauty but also for their excellence in agility, obedience and popularity as a sporting dog. Currently, Cocker Spaniels have been trained to assist scientists and researchers in the study of cancer by sniffing out cancer proteins from different samples. Due to their small and compact size and friendly nature Cocker Spaniels are also trained to be service and therapy dogs. All forms of training for your Cocker Spaniel puppy should start at an early age.
Litter Size-4 to 6 puppies (approximately)
Complication in Breeding-No
Cocker Spaniels are a healthy and sturdy breed and become mature by the age of 1.3 years. If you are a first time pet parent, seek medical advice to ensure that the mating and breeding process is comfortable for both the dogs.