Description: They are known as the smallest member of the sporting-dog family. Cocker Spaniels are lovable, sensitive, gentle and playful dogs, and they love people, often more than other dogs.
They are very intelligent, well balanced and obedient with no suggestion of timidity. Thus, they will try to dominate, slowly but surely, and can be mischievous. Training is a must because it puts you in control. He forms a tight, lifelong bond with his family/owners/handlers. The Cocker can adapt easily to city or country living, as long as he gets his exercise and playtime.
Height: 15 inches
Weight: 28-32 Ibs
Colors: Solid balck colour, light cream, brown, dark red, with tan.
Coat: The coat is silky, flat or slightly wavy and of a texture which permits easy care. Excessive coat or curly or cottony textured coat shall be severely penalized. Use of electric clippers on the back coat is not desirable. Trimming to enhance the dog's true lines should be done to appear as natural as possible.
Temperament: Loyal, trustworthy, adaptable
With Children: Yes
Care and Training: The Cocker Sapniel should have some obedience training.
Activity: Regular exercise
Living Environment: Cockers will do okay in an apartment if they are adequately exercised, and are fairly active indoors. A small yard is sufficient.
Health Issues: Some major concerns 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.
Life Span: 12-15 years
Country of Origin:
First REgistered by the AKC: 1992
AKC Group: Sporting group