These dogs smaller than english springer spaniels but larger than english toy spaniels were the ancestors of the modern cocker spaniel. It is one of the most successful show dogs and popular pets of all breeds in great britain.
English cocker spaniel lovers often use the word merry to describe their breed.
Dog breed english cocker spaniel. In america the cocker spaniel diverged into two varieties. Upbeat in the field and mellow at home this compact silky coated bird dog is widely admired for his. There are field or working cockers and show cockers.
Hair is soft and easy to clean. The english cocker spaniel is a medium size dog breed with long ears and a happy disposition. The hallmark of the breed are the flappy long ears hanging past the shoulders and the low set tail which is thick at the base and tampering at the end.
After the breeds were separated the american cocker eclipsed the english in popularity but only in america. Remember that no breed is 100 hypoallergenic and any breed can aggravate allergies. Smaller dogs have less surface area and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds definitely something to keep in mind with a dog like an english cocker spaniel.
The english cocker spaniel is an active good natured sporting dog standing well up at the withers and compactly built. Once considered the same breed as the english cocker spaniel the american cocker spaniel now has a separate identification and standard. For 18 years total the cocker spaniel was the most popular dog registered with the akc.
Throughout the rest of the world the english cocker is by far the more popular of the two breeds and is known simply as the cocker spaniel. Referred to as the cocker spaniel in the us this breed does well in the field show ring and home. The cocker spaniel is a medium sized dog with solid compact body and soft dreamy and melting facial expression.
English cocker spaniel loses small amounts of hair throughout the year although it intensively moults in spring and early autumn. Scout is a 1 year old male spaniel mix that was relinquished to the riverside county animal shelter after being hit by a car. The english cocker spaniel is a breed of gun dog it is noteworthy for producing one of the most varied numbers of pups in a litter among all dog breeds.
The dog of this breed should be combed at least once a week with a powder brush and a metal comb with rotating teeth. The cocker in their name comes from their days of hunting woodcock in england although english. He has recovered from his leg surgery and he is now a happy and fun loving dog.