Slightly smaller than the english cocker spaniel the american cocker has a much heavier coat especially in the solid coloured dogs they have a shorter muzzle and their head is more heavily domed. These were bred from the american cocker spaniel so technically they are a variant.
The first of the modern cocker spaniels we see today first appeared in 1879 were obo the offspring of a springer spaniel a field spaniel.
The cocker spaniel breed. American cocker spaniel the american cocker spaniel is the smallest member of the gun dog group. Spaniels had existed in england for many centuries but the cocker spaniel was not recognised as a breed until 1892. The cocker spaniel is primarily a beloved companion dog breed though they remain a capable bird dog at heart beautiful to look at and labor intensive to groom the cocker s amenable.
In the early 20th century cocker spaniels also included small hunting spaniels. 12 to 15 years the cocker spaniel will happily go hunting for birds or hang around the house. While the breed s family has a lot of other similar dog breeds the cocker spaniel breed offers two official varieties.
14 to 15 inches at the shoulder weight. Once considered the same breed as the english cocker spaniel the american cocker spaniel now has a separate identification and standard. Referred to as the cocker spaniel in the us this breed does well in the field show ring and home.
The american cocker spaniel and the english cocker spaniel both of which are commonly called simply cocker spaniel in their countries of origin. The cocker spaniel is a sporting breed and should maintain good muscle tone although the breed is not one that needs a lot of exercise for the purpose of discharging an abundance of energy. English cocker spaniels are the original gun dogs used for hunting.
The english and the american cocker spaniels. A mini cocker is a scaled down miniature version of the cocker spaniel bred as small as possible and weighing significantly less than the breed standard. 20 to 30 pounds life span.
Cocker spaniels are dogs belonging to two breeds of the spaniel dog type. Cocker spaniels were not recognised as a specific breed by the kennel club because springer spaniels could produce different types of puppies in one single litter namely springers sussex and cocker spaniels. For 18 years total the cocker spaniel was the most popular dog registered with the akc.
These tiny breeds are also referred to as teacup dogs or micro dogs emphasizing their extremely petite sizes. Cocker spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs in the united kingdom with the term. He is easily trained gentle and playful and loves splashing around in water.
English cocker spaniels were brought to the us in the late 1870s and the american spaniel club was established in 1881 making it the oldest breed club in america.