General Size: Small
Country of Origin: US
When you were a kid you may have what was that hairy little thing, with two mischievously sparkling eyes giving the expression of wanting you to hold him in your arms. Well! That is indeed the Cocker Spaniel. A breed apart is how most owners and breeders would like to put it. The Cocker Spaniel is not just about miles of hair but it had a beautiful heart. Behind the layers of coat, he has a sturdy and compact body. Most breeders say that he is a dog with a complete balance and has the ideal size for any dog. He is neither too big nor too small. There are two different types of Cocker spaniels – the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel. The strange thing is that neither of them are referred to by the country of birth, they are just referred to as Cocker Spaniels. Today, the cocker spaniel is one of the most favorite pets in America.
According to the American kennel club or AKC, the height of the male should not be over 151/2 inches while the height of the female cannot be over 141/2 inches. The weight ranges from 24 to 28 lbs or 11 to 12.75 kg. The three major colors that Coker Spaniels come in are black, ‘particolor’, and ASCOB. Even tricolors are quite common today. The American Cocker Spaniel has survived through the worst nightmares and whenever you see his tail wagging, you will know how much he really cares.
Most American Cocker Spaniels have spent their lifetimes as a gundog or a house pet. The name cocker has been derived due to his hunting down abilities of woodcock. Most royals and upper class people in England used his expertise for woodcock hunting games. But that doesn’t mean they won’t make good house pets. The American cocker spaniel has an amazing temperament, which is most of the time happy and jovial. The cocker spaniels have above average intelligence and loves outdoors as opposed to indoors. They are of the softer kind and should not be put through harsh training sessions. All in all, he is a very affectionate dog and loves to be a part of the family.
In the past, the American cocker spaniel has been the victim of unfortunate breeding practices, which has resulted in making some of them more aggressive and at the same time submissive. The fact is that due to the valiant efforts of a group of responsible breeders, what you see today is the second birth of such a fantastic dog. The American cocker spaniel got its breed status in 1930 and has been one of the most popular breeds since 1940. The American cocker spaniel belongs to the gundog and AKC sporting club. Recognized by most of the kennels like the FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, and CKC, you still need to find out a good breeder to buy from. Some cocker spaniels still have a disturbing temperament hence it is better to run a puppy temperament test. CKC has classified cocker spaniels as Group 1 sporting dog and ANKC classifies them under group 3 gundogs.
The American Cocker spaniel is prone to infections in the ears and eyes. Some of the common eye problems that they generally face are glaucoma, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy. So it is important to get annual checkups done at the vet’s office.
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