The AKC Standard says, "His enthusiasm in the field and the incessant action of his tail while at work indicate how much he enjoys the hunting for which he was bred."
As the name suggests, Cocker Spaniels originated from Spain and have been with us for many years, either as willing gun-dogs, faithful companions, or as loving family pets.
Cocker Spaniels are very gentle and loving dogs, and once you've owned one, I guarantee you won't want to own any other breed of dog, ever!
They're very affectionate and playful and although they can be reserved with strangers, once they get to know you they’re very friendly and extremely loyal.
They can also be a little stubborn too, but they're inquisitive and intelligent, and so willing to please - all of which make them very easy to train.
If you want a dog who...
- Is conveniently sized and athletic
- Has a pretty feathered coat in a variety of colors
- Is lively and playful, with a tail-wagging nature
- Is usually polite with everyone
If you don't want to deal with...
- "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
- Frequent brushing, combing, and clipping of the silky coat
- Considerable shedding
- Potential for excessive barking
are so very appealing, but one word of caution - they can sometimes be a little greedy and will eat almost anything on offer - ours certainly does.
Their coats come in beautiful solid colors such as, golden, red, chocolate (liver), or black, black and tan, liver and tan, and parti-colors for example, orange and white, liver and white, lemon and white, and black and white.
If I was considering an English Cocker Spaniel, I would be most concerned about...
Providing enough exercise.
Potential separation anxiety.
Lots of grooming.