Cocker Spaniel

Read our comprehensive guide to Cocker Spaniels, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of Cocker Spaniel Dogs 

Originally bred for hunting purposes, the Cocker Spaniel breed was one of the first Cancer detecting dogs. There are American and English Cocker Spaniels, but both originate from the same stock. The main difference between the two is that the American breed is smaller in size and stature. Throughout history, both breeds of Cocker Spaniel were recognised as preferred sporting dogs. Today, they make excellent house companions due to their devoted nature.

 

What to expect when caring for your Cocker Spaniel

Common Cocker Spaniel Health Issues

What common health problems might you expect to encounter during a Cocker Spaniel’s lifetime?

 

Hearing Loss – Ear conditions are common with this breed due to their long and droopy ears.

 

Cataracts – Cocker Spaniels are prone to eye conditions and regular eye examinations are essentials to ensure their eyes are healthy.

 

Hip Dysplasia – Joint issues are a common issue for Cocker Spaniels. This condition occurs when the hip joint develops incorrectly.

How Much Grooming Do Cocker Spaniels Need?

Cocker Spaniels have a silky and slightly wavy coat that requires regular brushing and maintenance. You will need to clip their hair to keep it in check. The coat comes in a range of shades and has feathering around the legs, chest and belly that helps to protect your pet when out in the fields. If you are interested in showing your Cocker Spaniel, you will need the assistance of a professional groomer. Their small size makes them easy to groom. Their ears need extra attention and can easily become tangled.

How Much Exercise Do Cocker Spaniels Need?

Cocker Spaniels are active dogs and naturally have high energy levels. It is essential that owners have the time to commit to a Cocker Spaniel’s exercise regime. They love to explore and see new sights and are well suited to adventurous owners. That being said, this breed is happy to burn off pent-up energy with toys and games at home and are relatively mellow house companions.

  1. Cocker Spaniel Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Cocker Spaniel

    A well socialised Cocker Spaniel has a sweet nature and is a smart dog that excels in agility and obedience training. They love affection, to be petted and are comforted by physical touch. They are protective and make loyal and effective guard dogs. They are upbeat and energetic when outdoors and mellow and laid-back indoors which is a reason they are a firm favourite for dog lovers.

  2. Are Cocker Spaniels Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Cocker Spaniels are a loving and friendly breed that like a lot of cuddles and attention so they thrive in a family setting where there are lots of people to show them the love they crave. They are a social breed and get on well with people of all ages as well as other dogs. If you have children, a Cocker Spaniel is a superb match. They make great playmates and love to play games with children but do react poorly to tail pulling so it is essential to train your pet and socialise them as well as educate your children on how to interact with pets. This is not a great match for homes with small pets due to their high prey drive.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
15-17 inches
Weight:
11.3kg-15.8kg
Temperament:
Fun Loving and Energetic
Lifespan
12-14 Years
Average Cost:
£307-£1076

Cocker Spaniel FAQs:

How to Train a Cocker Spaniel

One of the pros of Cocker Spaniel ownership is that this breed is notoriously simple to train. Smart and eager to please, you can get your pet to learn commands quickly with lots of positive reinforcement and food-based rewards. They love to learn new things and enjoy training even after they reach adulthood. Their affectionate nature means they do not react well to harsh correction.

When is a Cocker Spaniel Fully Grown?

Cocker Spaniels are small dogs which makes them ideal for owners who have compact homes. When fully grown they will reach around 15-17 inches.

How to Clean a Cocker Spaniel’s Ears

Cocker Spaniels have additional grooming requirements and ear care is all part and parcel of owning this breed. Clean your pet’s ears every one to two months. Ask your vet for a recommended ear cleaning solution.

 

While generally healthy, Cocker Spaniels are prone to a number of common health problems, so having pet insurance can help protect you from those unexpected vet bills. You can find out more about your cover options benefits with Asda Money Dog Insurance here.

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