Spot Light on Breed – Cocker Spaniel

Weight 15 – 30 pounds
Height 14.5 – 15.5 inches
Coat
Color buff, black. and other solid colors, merle, black and tan

Appearance

The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest member of the Sporting Group. The Cocker Spaniel has very long hanging ears, a rounded head, and a profuse, silky, feathered, medium-length coat. They stand well up at the shoulder on straight forelegs with a topline sloping slightly toward strong, moderately bent, muscular quarters. They are capable of considerable speed, combined with great endurance. Above all, they love to be free and merry, sound, well balanced throughout and in action show a keen inclination to work. A dog well balanced in all parts is more desirable than a dog with strongly contrasting good points and faults.

Temperament

The Cocker Spaniel is a happy, friendly and enthusiastic dog that is great with families and children. They are more likely to wag their tail and welcome a stranger than they are to act aggressive or territorial, although some Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs and will bark when someone approaches. They are not a dominant breed of dog and are typically very willing and obedient and have an average ability to learn.The Cocker Spaniel is an excellent companion dog and is rarely dog aggressive especially if socialized properly

Health

Some major concern in American Cocker Spaniels are cataracts, glaucoma and patellar luxation. Some minor concerns are hip dysplasia, ectropion, entropion, PRA, allergies, seborrhea, lip fold pyoderma, otitis externa, liver disease, urolithiasis, prolapse of nictitans gland, CHF, phosphofructokinase deficiency, and cardiomyopathy. Occasionally seen are gastric torsion and elbow dysplasia. Also IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia)

Famous Cocker Spaniel Dogs and Owners
Lady from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp
The dog from the famous Coppertone ad
Admiral Frederick Sherman
Richard Nixon
Barry Williams
Charlize Theron

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