Cocker Spaniel

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Known as sporting dogs and hunting dogs, Cocker Spaniels are medium sized with sturdy bodies; the legs are long and round heads. The jaws are square. They have dark round eyes which are almond shaped (eyes are blue with Merles). They have low-set ears, well-feathered and long. Docking tails is practiced but in Europe it’s mostly illegal. Dewclaws may be removed.

Normal height is 15 inches for male and 14 for female. They can weigh between 14-31 pounds. Life can be from 12 to 15 years. The coat is solid colored, usually black (with some tan). Blended colors are also seen like white and black, with-red, or white-buff.

The cocker spaniel coats may be kept long but gentle brushing is needed daily. Shampoo them frequently. Cockers don’t shed often. Medium length may be easier to maintain. Either way, the dog will need regular trimming.

Cockers are bold and full of stamina; they may be good gundogs or household pets. Loyal pets, they amuse owners with their charming persona; tails are always wagging. These are active breeds, playful and sociable. These are highly intelligent and are quick to recognize authority.
Housebreaking may prove a challenge so train young. Regular exercise and daily walks keep them healthy and compliant. Establish your authority over them while young. If they don’t see that early, these dogs will exhibit behavioral problems.

Cockers live well even in apartments; just cater to their physical needs. They need to be able to lead active lives even indoors. Small yards are fine but is not advised to let them live in kennels outside.

Cocker types vary, some are meant for field or outdoor; they make good for hunting. These have shorter coats. Others are show lines, making good house pets and show dogs. Instinctively, all Cockers are good at retrieving, flush, and command obedience. These Spaniels are good at tracking, highly agile and competitive. It’s interesting to know that the name ‘Cocker’ is related to a game bird (flushing).

The Cocker Spaniel can be found way back in the 14th century. Roots are traced to the English which eventually brought them to the US. The AKC gave recognition to the breed in 1873. Bred down to size, the name given was actually ‘American Cocker Spaniel’. English Cocker Spaniels differ in appearance to the US type. The former had larger frames and longer muzzles.

Purchase price is from US $600 up. Check print ads and online ads for the prevailing market purchase price.

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