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American Cocker Spaniel Breed Summary

Intelligent, Sweet, Gentle and Energetic

These dogs are extremely energetic and loving by nature. They are medium in size and have since gained a large fan following both here in the UK and across other parts of the world! They additionally do well in poochie sports!

Though American and English Cocker Spaniels share the same ancestry, they have many physical differences, including both the length of their coats and the shapes of their heads. American Cocker Spaniels have much rounder skulls and fuller eyes as well as longer coats.

Fun Facts: A Cocker called Miami won Best In Show at Crufts in 2017

Kennel Club Group Gundog
Lifespan 12 - 15 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 37cm - 39cm, Females 34cm - 37cm
Weight Males and Females 11kg - 14kg
Coat Hair on the Head is Fine, Short and Medium Length. Their Coat Lies Flat to the Body and is Silky and Wavy.
Colour Black, Black and Tan, Black and White, Black and White Particolour, Black White and Tan, Brown and White, Buff, Chocolate, Chocolate and Tan, Chocolate and White Particolour, Chocolate Tricolour, Particolour, Red, Red and White, Red & White Particolour, Sable, Sable and White, Silver Buff, Tricolour
Eye colour Black and Dark Brown
Common health issues Hereditary cataract (HC), Retinal dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Goniodysgenesis (G)/Glaucoma, Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Multifocal Retinal Dysplasia (RD), Distichiasis, Corneal lipidosis, Dry eye, Ear problems, Heart problems including cardiomyopathy, Canine epilepsy, Ectropion, Entropion/cherry eye, Hypothyroidism, Seborrhea, Phosphofructokinase deficiency, Liver disease, Allergies, Congestive heart failure
Other Names Cocker, Merry Cocker

These medium-sized bundles of energy are well-known for their sweet personalities and make excellent companions to both adult and child ‘hoomans’, making them a great choice for families. They are often referred to as ‘Merry Cockers’ due to their cheery personalities and are full of life and extremely intelligent by nature, so they need lots of mental and physical stimulation from their parents. Because they love us ‘hoomans’ so much, they don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time as it can lead to unwanted behaviour. American Cocker Spaniel's are relatively easy to train and learn things very quickly, but it is essential to make sure your dog doesn’t learn any bad habits. On the whole, though, they are very sweet and gentle pets and only seek to adore and be adored in return!

Though these fellows may share the same ancestry as their cousins the ‘English Cocker Spaniel’ they are extremely different in appearance, most notably seen in the much longer length of their coat. American Cocker Spaniels first appeared back in the 17th century as working gundogs and 200 years later, were the most popular breed in America and continue to prosper on even to this day! This dramatic change from work to a domestic dog was due to the kind and loving nature possessed by the breed, which made them a lovely family pet. Nowadays, they represent the little guys, as they are the smallest of all the sporting Spaniel breeds!