Routine Care: English Cocker Spaniels can live in any environment provided they receive daily exercise. They make an excellent family companion due to their even disposition and trainability.
Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Their coat also requires regular stripping or clipping.
Dental: English Cocker Spaniels generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
English Cocker Spaniels are cheerful, inquisitive, and devoted dogs. They are also energetic and well-suited for hunting. They should be trained and socialized early.
• Always on the go, with a keen eye for adventure
• Highly active and eager to have a purpose
• Excellent hunting dog
• Alert, curious, and busy
• Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly
• Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers
• Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult
• Early obedience training and socialization is recommended
Whether you are considering adding a new English 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 English 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 English 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're counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an English Cocker Spaniel could encounter:
The English Cocker Spaniel is a smaller land spaniel, bred to hunt woodcock. The Cocker was recognized as a separate breed from the American Cocker Spaniel by the American Kennel Club in 1946. The breed is more popular in England than in America. Because of their natural instincts to hunt, they requires daily exercise and an active lifestyle. English Cocker Spaniels have an average lifespan of 12-15 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your English Cocker Spaniel shows signs of the following:
• 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
• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
• Red blob at the corner of the eye
• Gums that are a color other than bright pink
• Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest
• Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
• Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough
• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Dry, flaky or greasy, oily skin
• Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds
• Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine