English Cocker Spaniel
English Cocker Spaniel breed is originally from United Kingdom. Also known as Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker.
|Name||English Cocker Spaniel|
|Other names||Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker|
|From country||United Kingdom|
|Breed groups||Sporting (AKC),Gun Dog (UKC)|
|Life span||12 - 14 years|
|Height female||14-16 inches (36-41 cm)|
|Height male||15-17 inches (38-43 cm)|
|Weight female||26-32 pounds (12-15 kg)|
|Weight male||28-34 pounds (13-16 kg)|
|Colors||black,black & tan,blue roan,golden,liver,red|
|Litter Size||6 - 8 puppies|
|Puppy Price||Average $800 - $1200 USD|
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English Cocker Spaniel Pros and Cons
There are 4 pros and 3 cons of owning English Cocker Spaniel.
|Pros 👍||Cons 👎|
|Kid-friendly||Makes a lot of noise|
|Dog-friendly||Needs a lot of exercises|
|Normally doesn't have problems with health||Not hypoallergenic|
High-sensitivity dogs can take some of the owner's actions close to the heart. If you shout too loudly at the dog, ignore the dog or your kid pulls its tail It may take offense. Low sensitivity dogs or "tolerant" dogs take it easier. If you are an emotional person, too busy, sometimes ignore the dog, have young kids, then we don't recommend taking a high-sensitivity dog.
Kid-friendly dogs are tolerant to kid's behavior like hugs and attempts to saddle and other "games". It behaves kindly to kids. A no-kid-friendly dog doesn't tolerate such an attitude. You need to know that it's possible to teach dogs of any breed to be kid-friendly. But anyway You mustn't leave the kid and dog alone!
Dog-friendly characteristics highly depend on dog socialization, breed isn't the only factor. Dogs with high friendliness will play with other dogs or just be calm. Low-friendly dogs will try to fight, bark or run away.
|Friendly Toward Strangers||
Everyone Is My Best Friend
The stranger-friendly dog will show nice behavior when your friends or visitors come to you. No stranger-friendly breed can be aggressive and attack them. Others will be shy or even afraid of your guests. But anyway if your dog has got good socialization lessons It will be stranger-friendly no matter what breed. And also if you have found that breed has a five-star rating of Stranger-friendly and you are not going to train this dog It can be aggressive to your visitors.
|Amount Of Shedding||
Dogs tend to shed, and it is completely normal for a certain amount of dog hair to end up either on your clothes or inside your house. Importantly, the amount of shedding differs from breed to breed. For example, some dogs shed throughout the year, others shed at key seasonal times, and some may do a little bit of both. However, some dogs barely shed at all. Depending on your preferences and standards, be sure to pick a dog breed with this in mind.
|Easy To Groom||
It is important to remember that some dog breeds require more maintenance than others. While some can be brushed on the go, other breeds may benefit from regular clipping, grooming, and bathing. Assessing how much time and money you are willing to spend on maintenance needs is certainly something to consider.
Need more attention to health
Healthy as an ox
Some dogs are victims of irresponsible breeding practices, and this may cause them health problems down the road. One example of this is hip dysplasia, which is a genetic health problem. However, keep in mind that not every dog will develop these issues, although they are more likely to. If you decide to adopt a puppy, it is best to find out about any genetic illness that may be associated with its breed. For more information, you may also wish to consult with a shelter or rescue that can supply you with the knowledge of the physical health of the puppy’s parents or siblings.
|Easy To Train||
Eager to Please
Interestingly, some dog breeds are easier to train than others. For example, select breeds may form a greater number of associations between words (“stay”), actions (staying), and outcomes (receiving a reward). Others may take more time and attention to train. Dogs are extremely intelligent but may want to know what is in it for them if they comply with your request. This is where games and rewards may come in handy.
Certain dog breeds are adept at specific jobs. For example, a dog that is bred for its intelligence, concentration, and quick decision-making may be used to successfully herd livestock and need more mental stimulation than a dog that is bred to be a runner and needs more physical exercise. Knowing your dog’s needs helps you know how to keep them properly engaged and out of mischief (such as chewing and digging). Examples include interactive toys and activities, including obedience training for those who need mental engagement, as well as search and rescue activities for those who are meant to be more active and employ their keen senses.
|Tendency To Bark Or Howl||
Only To Alert
It is important to note that vocalization differs among dog breeds. Some are more vocal, and all of them bark and howl with different pitches. One example to consider is a hound. Would the pitch of their barking and howling get on your nerves or would you think it was somewhat musical? Is your dog breed notorious for hunting and would constantly chase and howl at nearby wildlife? If your dog is more alert and makes a good watchdog, will it bark at everyone it meets? These are some elements to consider when choosing a dog breed, as well as whether you have neighbors, or any noise restrictions are in place.
Dogs who have a lot of energy may have been bred for certain jobs, including herding livestock or retrieving game for hunters. Therefore, they will need quite a bit of interaction and exercise. They will be more energetic and probably engage in activities like playing, running, tumbling, and checking out new smells and sights. Conversely, other breeds may be low-energy and like to lounge on the couch with you, nap, and watch Netflix. Whichever dog breed you choose, simply consider what your own activity level and lifestyle are like and pick a dog breed that suits it.
Need a lot
Different dog breeds require different levels of exercise. Some may be content with a leisurely stroll in the evening, and other breeds may want to make several vigorous laps around the block. Depending on what they were bred to do, such as hunt or herd, their energy levels will match those activities. Dogs who are high-energy and do not have enough exercise might gain weight and engage in behaviors such as digging, chewing, and barking. High-energy dogs will likely match the best with individuals who are active and love the outdoors or are interested in training their dog for competitions.
|Potential For Playfulness||
Only When You Want To Play
Personalities of dog breeds vary widely. Some are always up for playing and stay in a puppy state of mind. Other breeds tend to be more serious and enjoy their downtime. It is best for individuals to consider whether the thought of a playful puppy is exciting or whether they mainly just want a couch companion. Other factors to consider include whether you have children or additional pets. Another option is adopting a dog that is a bit older and less demanding but still enjoys interacting and playing.
According to history, Cocker Spaniel originated in Spain and got their name "Cocker" because they were used to hunt on the bird called woodcock.
The Medium-sized, active and punchy breed became the perfect gun and spotting "helpers" usually used for fur and feather in the flushing games.
Today, Cocker Spaniel is also a loyal and affectionate companion for people. Once you have a Cocker Spaniel you will never want to have any other breed of dog.
Cocker Spaniels are perfect watchdogs: they will always notify you of a stranger approaching your house. However, if you know this person, a dog will be very friendly and extremely loyal towards a "recent" unknown man.
Cocker Spaniels are cheerful dogs who will be nice companions for your kid to play with. If you buy a Cocker for your child, there will be a lot of funny and active games. At the same time, Cocker Spaniels are very gentle with children.
Some Cocker Spaniels will be a little bit stubborn, but, however, Cocker is an easy breed to train and teach.
Sometimes, Cocker Spaniels can be a little bit timid, that is why it is important to socialize your puppy in the ‘society’ of other dogs to make it happy and self-confident in the future.
Cocker Spaniels are medium-sized dogs with sturdy and compact bodies. Its tail (docked or long) is always wagging whether he’s following a scent or checking to see what’s under the couch. Cocker Spaniel has a refined head with big pendant ears and round dark eyes.
Cocker Spaniels are extremely active dogs with medium to high endurance.
Their coats are very silky and smooth, however, long hairs always need a lot of grooming. Cockers shed just moderately. The dogs may be of various colors: liver, black, black and tan, golden, red, chocolate and any other combination of these colors and patterns that make Cockers’ coats very interesting.
In general, Cockers are healthy dogs, however, as with every purebred, these dogs have some diseases and conditions that they are prone to:
- Skin problems (allergies, atopic dermatitis).
- Ear problems (yeast infections, ear mites).
- Eye problems (Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), glaucoma, cataracts, ‘cherry eye’).
Other health issues:
- Hip Dysplasia;
- Familial Nephropathy (FN);
- Immune mediated thrombocytopenia(IMT);
- Heart and liver problems;
- Kidney failure;
- Patellar luxation.
You should take care of its daily diet and feeding schedule. Remember, that dog nutrition should be reach in protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber: the best choice for a Cocker Spaniel is natural food of high quality. The fact, that Cockers are prone to obesity, is also very essential.
If you have a ‘working’ dog you should bath and brush the dog more often than the Cocker, that is stay-at-home.
We hope, that this article will give you some essential information on the breed.
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Questions and answers about English Cocker Spaniel
Yes, English Cocker Spaniel's typical characteristics indicate that this breed of dog is an ideal companion for kids and makes it a family pet. But anyway You mustn't leave the kid and dog alone!
The average life expectancy of a English Cocker Spaniel is between 12 - 14 years.
If your English Cocker Spaniel is pregnant, it is safe to assume that litter can have anywhere from 6 to 8 puppies.
If you purchase English Cocker Spaniel from a breeder it can be much more expensive than a shelter. A purebred English Cocker Spaniel costs between US$ 800 and US$ 1200 from a reputable breeder, but there are several advantages to doing so. First, a breeder will usually allow you to meet the parents to get a good idea about what the puppy will look like and behave. You will also see if the parents have any health problems. Breeders will also supply you with paperwork that documents your pet’s lineage.
English Cocker Spaniel is moderately popular purebred dog in the USA. English Cocker Spaniel have got #47 popularity rank in 2020, #43 in 2021 and #40 in 2022 by American Kennel Club (AKC).
No, English Cocker Spaniel are not considered hypoallergenic dogs. If you are thinking about getting a English Cocker Spaniel and have allergies, it's important to spend time with the breed to see how you react before bringing one into your home. This can help you make an informed decision about whether a English Cocker Spaniel is the right pet for you, and if so, what steps you may need to take to manage any allergy symptoms.
- FCI standard
- Kennel club standard
- Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Cocker_Spaniel