Cocker Spaniel

Growth Size

The Cocker Spaniel grows to a height of 35 – 45cm, and a weight of 12 – 14kg.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years.

Temperament

Adaptable and trust worthy, Cocker Spaniels are suited to all types of households. They are sociable dogs that love walking to the park, following you the post box, jumping in the car to go on adventure or retiring at your feet for a long nights sleep. Cocker Spaniels are naturally inquisitive and were originally bred as hunting dogs. When they are not being paid attention they will make an effort to find something to amuse themselves with. It is therefore important to give your Cocker Spaniel toys.

Training Difficulty

Training is recommended for Cocker Spaniels to maintain their friendly, sociable nature. If they aren’t regularly socialised they tend to become fearful. Training also ensures a healthy physical condition is maintained.

Recommended Owners

Great for families or older people. Cocker Spaniels are robust enough to cope with school-aged children, but may not be as tolerant of toddlers.

Origin

Cocker Spaniels were first developed as gun dogs. Their smaller shape meant they were low to the ground and had little difficulty navigating long grass to flush birds into the air. Their excellent sense of smell and keen eyes then helped locate the downed birds for retrieval. There are two offshoots of the Cocker Spaniel. The American and the English varieties. The American is smaller than their English cousins, with a domed head, and shorter back and muzzle. The English Spaniel is taller and more narrowly built.

Diet

Cocker Spaniels love to eat, and are prone to obesity. So try to ignore their begging and large puppy dog eyes! Make sure to stick to one and a half to two and a half cups of food a day (spread over two meals).

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

The long, droopy ears of a Cocker Spaniel get into everything, and need to be cleaned weekly. Weekly grooming is also required to keep their coat free from knots.

Comments

This breed is susceptible to ear infections, so ears should be checked regularly (especially during summer). If an ear problem is left unchecked, the inner ear may swell up, causing deafness.