English Cocker Spaniel – Happy go lucky with a certain charm

Cheeky, sometimes a bit stubborn and extremely loving; the cheerful bundle of joy from our little island takes most peoples’ hearts by storm. The English Cocker Spaniel is adaptable, friendly and playful. No wonder it has been in the top ten most popular dogs in England for so many years, while recently making the top five. It would be hard to envisage a person who couldn’t fall in love with the cheerful charmer.

Browsing passion and play instinct

Records from the 14th century suggest that an early form, mainly used as a hunting dog already existed at the time, which makes the English Cocker Spaniel one of, if not the oldest spaniel breed. Spaniels are also mentioned in Shakespeare’s works, distinctions were here made between field spaniels and the smaller variant, cocking or cocker spaniels. The career of the modern English Cocker Spaniel in British hunting circles began in the 19th century, they were utilised as rummaging dogs. The agile animal tracked down poultry and small game in the undergrowth and drove it to its owners where they would pull the trigger. The first spaniel club was then founded in 1885 and breed standards were thus defined. Since the mid-1940s, the English Cocker Spaniel has been recognized as an independent breed and has, as well as a family dog, been in demand as a working dog in drug searches.

Character of the English Cocker Spaniel

As for the character of the English Cocker Spaniel, their character embodies a personable, uncomplicated family dog. They are tender and cuddly, love to play and run around, and with their cheerful nature, they spread a good mood all around. Sometimes they can be slightly stubborn, as they are very attached to their people, but as a normal rule of thumb, they make friends quickly, including strangers as they are prone to trust most people. In general, they are considered to be chirpy dogs that are happy for the majority of the time due to their original tasks as hounds and rummage dogs. If they are allowed to roam freely you will have a charming companion on your hands.

Education and keeping of the English Cocker Spaniel

When receiving the occasional approach of obstinance you can counteract this fairly easily with consistent upbringing and by exploiting their weakness for treats. This is a very good way to make sure your pal learns that they can’t take the mickey out of you. They will cooperate enthusiastically if you challenge them with intellectual stimulation and tasks for their sensitive nose. Thanks to their agile and bright temperament, you will find a leisure companion for jogging, cycling and other outdoor activities in the English Cocker Spaniel. When you think about the initial breeding is it fairly intuitive to realise that their true love comes from retrieving games involving energy and enthusiasm.

Care of the English Cocker Spaniel

For grooming, you need to schedule daily brushing and a visit to the dog groomer every two months. In particular, the long droopy ears must always be taken care of to prevent inflammation and to detect foreign objects such as grass awnings. Cocker Spaniels are never averse to an extra bite, make sure that the dog doesn't get too fat. The life expectancy of the English Cocker Spaniel is very variable and is between 10 and 17 years.

Profile –

  • Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
  • Origin: Great Britain
  • Classification: Rummage, retriever and water dogs
  • Size: Male 39-41cm shoulder height. Female 38-39cm shoulder height
  • Weight: 12.5-14.5kg
  • Anatomy: Compact, medium-sized, slightly sloping back, deep chest, strong paws, tail carried at back height, large paws
  • Eyes: Large, not prominent, dark with gentle alert expression
  • Ears: Long, lop-eared
  • Fur and colour: fur lies flat, soft, dense and silky, longer feathered on ears, belly and tail. Colours black, red, brown with variants
  • Particularities: Above average smell performance
  • Character: Cuddly, playful, loyal, spirited
  • Maintenance: Brush or comb daily, trim long haired areas every two months