Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed England

Cocker Spaniel

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: England
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Female: 36–41 cm, Male: 38–43 cm
Weight: Female: 12–15 kg, Male: 13–16 kg
Color: Black, Orange & White, Liver Roan, Blue Roan, Liver & Tan
Life Expectancy: 12 – 16 years
Temperament: Playful, Faithful, Friendly, Quiet, Affectionate, Trainable
Litter Size: 2 - 7 puppies
Health Problems: Some major concerns in American Cocker Spaniels are cataracts, glaucoma and patellar luxation. Some minor concerns are hip dysplasia, ectropion, entropion, PRA, allergies, cherry eye, seborrhea, lip fold pyoderma, otitis externa, liver disease, urolithiasis, prolapse of nictitans gland, CHF, phosphofructokinase deficiency and cardiomyopathy. Occasionally seen are gastric torsion and elbow dysplasia.

The English Cocker Spaniel is an alert, compactly built, medium-sized dog with long ears, reaching at least to the nose when pulled forward.

Solid, but not bulky. Strong and well-balanced, but not coarse. The upper plane of the skull is almost parallel to the upper plane of the muzzle, and the muzzle is about the same length as the skull.

The dark oval eyes should have a melting yet intelligent expression.

The hair is medium length. The legs and underside of the body are well feathered.

The nose is black or brown depending on the coat color (black is preferred by breeders). It has a sturdy jaw with a scissors bite.

The topline is almost level, with only a slight slope down from the withers to root of the tail. The chest is very deep and well developed, but not wide enough to interfere with efficient movement.

The tail is generally docked. The feet are round and cat-like with tight, arched toes. The coat comes in solid black, liver or red or parti-color combinations of white with black, liver or red markings or ticking.

Tan markings may appear on black liver or parti-color dogs. There are two types of English Cocker: field and show. The field types have shorter coats. Many colors are admissible, but on solid color dogs white is acceptable only on the chest.