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Cocker Spaniel

CockerSpaniel

A Cheerful Family Companion

Playful, sweet, outgoing

Cocker Spaniels are mild-mannered, eager to please, and devoted medium-sized dogs. These energetic dogs are great with children and strangers, but should be properly socialized at an early age. Cockers make great companions for families, singles, seniors, city dwellers, and active individuals. They need a long walk or run every day.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:13.5-15.5 in. Weight:24-28 lb Lifespan:13-16 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Cocker Spaniels are well suited for apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They are sensitive dogs and don't do well with harsh training methods or punishment; always end training on a positive note. They are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.  

Dental: Cocker Spaniels often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!  

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

 

The Cocker Spaniel is a joy to be around and makes a gallant family member. 

Positive Traits: 

  • Outgoing and friendly personality 

  • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with 

  • Energetic, active, and athletic 

  • Well suited as a companion, family dog, or working dog 

  • Obedient and devoted 

  • Good with children 

Negative Traits: 

  • Coat needs to be cared for frequently to prevent matting and tear staining 

  • Can be aggressive, fearful, or snappy if not socialized properly 

  • Can be difficult to house-train 

  • Needs daily exercise 

  • Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors 

  • Sensitive, matures slowly 

Whether you are considering adding a new Cocker Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Cocker Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Cocker Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Cocker Spaniel could encounter:

One of America’s favorite breeds, the Cocker Spaniel is a happy family companion. Their roots date back to the mid 1800’s, and their job was flushing Woodcocks for hunters. Their job was so specific, hunters named them after the fowl they pursued. Today, they enjoy lounging on the couch with their owners rather than hunting, but squirrels should be on alert. Cocker Spaniels enjoy a good chase! Their coat is long and beautiful, but does require frequent grooming. They are moderately sized and adaptable, making them a great urban dweller or country companion. The Cocker Spaniel is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13-16 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Cocker Spaniel shows signs of the following:

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink 

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye 

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge 

  • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest 

  • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough 

  • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath 

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating 

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors 

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain 

  • Care

    Routine Care: Cocker Spaniels are well suited for apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They are sensitive dogs and don't do well with harsh training methods or punishment; always end training on a positive note. They are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.  

    Dental: Cocker Spaniels often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!  

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

     

  • Characteristics

    The Cocker Spaniel is a joy to be around and makes a gallant family member. 

    Positive Traits: 

    • Outgoing and friendly personality 

    • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with 

    • Energetic, active, and athletic 

    • Well suited as a companion, family dog, or working dog 

    • Obedient and devoted 

    • Good with children 

    Negative Traits: 

    • Coat needs to be cared for frequently to prevent matting and tear staining 

    • Can be aggressive, fearful, or snappy if not socialized properly 

    • Can be difficult to house-train 

    • Needs daily exercise 

    • Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors 

    • Sensitive, matures slowly 

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Cocker Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Cocker Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Cocker Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Cocker Spaniel could encounter:

  • History

    One of America’s favorite breeds, the Cocker Spaniel is a happy family companion. Their roots date back to the mid 1800’s, and their job was flushing Woodcocks for hunters. Their job was so specific, hunters named them after the fowl they pursued. Today, they enjoy lounging on the couch with their owners rather than hunting, but squirrels should be on alert. Cocker Spaniels enjoy a good chase! Their coat is long and beautiful, but does require frequent grooming. They are moderately sized and adaptable, making them a great urban dweller or country companion. The Cocker Spaniel is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13-16 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Cocker Spaniel shows signs of the following:

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink 

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye 

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge 

    • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest 

    • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough 

    • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath 

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating 

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors 

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain 

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