Meet The American Cocker Spaniel

December 23, 2019

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If you are looking to buy a fluffy little puppy that is extremely adaptable, intelligent and above all, great with the little ones, then American Cocker Spaniel might just be the right pup for you.

Origin

This breed of sporting dogs is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel. The two breeds diverged during the 20th century due to differing breed standards in America and the UK. The word cocker is commonly held to stem from their use to hunt woodcock in England, while spaniel is thought to be derived from the type’s origins in Spain.

Description

The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest sporting dog according to the American Kennel Club. Their average size varies between 13.5 to 15.5 inches (34 to 39 cm) high at the withers.

They can weigh up to 30 pounds (14 kg), but the average is around 27 pounds, with females of the breed usually weighing slightly less than the males.

They have medium long silky fur on the body and their fluffy ears are hanging down on the legs and belly. The coat can be of various shades with the colors being separated into three main groups: black/black and tan, any solid color other than black (ASCOB), and parti-color. The ASCOB group includes all other solid colors from light cream through to dark red.

When it comes to their temperament, we simply need to mention they are nicknamed Merry Cocker, which practically says enough. They are gentle, affectionate, cheerful and friendly pooches that are easy to master and will be faithful for the rest of their lives.

Pros

  • excellent with kids
  • dog friendly
  • adaptable
  • small-sized
  • loyal
  • intelligent

Cons

  • easily stressed by loud noises and by rough treatment or handling
  • prone to cancer
  • susceptible to eye/ear infections

Should I adopt/buy American Cocker Spaniel?

Definitely. Especially if you have kids and live in an apartment, these small-sized, friendly and intelligent dogs are the breed for you.

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