Cocker Spaniel – Average Lifespan


Cocker Spaniel is a spotting dog traditionally used in flushing games: this breed is perfectly made for feather and fur. But today there is a tendency to use Cocker Spaniel as a companion – the dog has cheerful and lively character, is active and energetic.

No matter who is your Cocker Spaniel – a working dog or a lovable home pet – there are some general rules that will make your dog live long and healthy life.

In this article we are going to speak about average Cocker Spaniel life span and all co-related issues.

Average Life Span

Life expectancy of Cocker Spaniels is somewhere between 12-14 years, but there are some rare cases when Cockers live up to 15-17 years.

This rate broadly depends on many factors:

  • diet and feeding schedule;
  • the level of average physical activity;
  • housing conditions;
  • hereditary background;
  • earlier and current diseases/health conditions, etc.
Recommendation: if you want your Cocker Spaniel to life a long and active life, you should take care of your dog and follow some simple rules that will be discussed below.

Best Diet and Feeding Schedule

For your Cocker Spaniel to have a healthy life, you should take care for 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 a high quality.

Here we want to offer you an approximate daily ration for your Cocker Spaniel:

  • Morning: meat porridge with cooked vegetables (150 – 200 gr).
  • Afternoon: fresh curds (100 – 150 gr).
  • Evening: meat porridge with cooked vegetables and a tablespoon of an olive oil (200-400 gr).
Warning! In case, your Cocker is at home during most of the time, you are to halve this proportions. Remember, that Cocker Spaniels are highly prone to obesity.

Physical Activity

Cocker Spaniels are known to be lively and active dogs that need the environment to release their energy. If your Cocker Spaniel is ‘working’ and you use it in flushing games – that means, that your dog doesn’t need some extra physical load (if you hunt at least once in a week). Just provide your Cocker Spaniel with long active walks.

If your Cocker Spaniel is just a companion and stay-at-home dog, that means that you should give your dog a chance to release its energy. Probably, long walks wouldn’t be enough: take your dog for your morning jogging, play Frisbee or with a ball, engage it in agility or any other activity that will make your dog healthy and strong. Physical exercises should be regular – 3-4 times a week.

Advice: traditionally, Cocker Spaniels are water lovers. Just satisfy Cocker’s need of swimming: take it to the ponds to retrieve its favorite toy.

Health Issues

In general, Cockers are healthy dogs, however, as every purebreed, 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);
  • Pancreatitis;
  • Heart and liver problems.
Be careful! Do not forget to visit your vet at least once in 3 months.


We hope, that these simple rules concerning feeding and exercises (as well as general information on health) will help your Cocker Spaniel to have long and healthy life. And don’t forget about love and attention.

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Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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