You can imagine the roan as a mixture of white hair with hair of any of the basic colours. As laid down in the breed standard acceptable colours of the cocker spaniel are as follows.
Plus like other dogs the english cocker spaniel is prone to parvo heartworms and certain kinds of cancer.
Liver roan english cocker spaniel colors. The english cocker spaniel has a diverse personality with what pet owners would consider upsides and downsides. Here is and example of black roan. The remaining 20 includes black and white liver and white black white and tan liver white and tan blue roan and tan liver roan liver roan and tan orange and white orange roan black and tan solid liver and liver and tan.
Official breed standard for the english cocker spaniel approved by the american kennel club october 11 1988 english cocker spaniels are colorful but the outcome of those colors comes from a wide range of genes. But all the solids will carry for parti color. This moderately built dog is small enough to push through dense bushes and fit on your lap and large enough to retrieve game and go jogging with you.
Here is my simple attempt at laying out the ecs rainbow. Besides the basic solid black liver and red colours the cocker spaniels can come in roan types of markings. These pups have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
No white allowed except a small amount on chest. Thus the english springer spaniel field spaniel english cocker spaniel and on through all of today s british spaniel breeds. American dog fanciers of the early 20th century developed a.
Roan can carry for open marks but open marks cannot carry for roan. And they may not have studied all of the 23 possible color patterns. Neither of the two studies mentioned liver black and tan or liver and tan colored english cocker spaniels which are considered solid colors by the english cocker spaniel club of america.
In cocker spaniels the roan can come together with tan markings as well. English cocker spaniel colors orange roan. These genes combine to determine two things the coat color black red and liver and the coat patterns solid and parti color.
English cocker spaniels are 14 17 inches tall and they weigh 26 32 pounds 7 to 8 kilograms. The genes for actual color liver black red tan marks have nothing to do with the genes for markings solid parti color. The english cocker is a versatile breed and an ambitious owner may find enjoyment is a variety of activities.
Genetics of colors in the english cocker spaniel. A test for roan is not still available. English cocker spaniel rainbow of colors one of the most appealing things about the english cocker spaniel as a breed are the varieties of colors in which they come.