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American Cocker Spaniel

 

Dog breed - American Cocker Spaniel

 

                

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Description

The attractive looking American Cocker Spaniel was bred in America in the 19th century from Cocker Spaniels imported from Britain.  The smallest of the gundog breeds, their main job was to retrieve game birds. Now however, they are more ofent seen as an appealing family pet. They still remain one of the top ranked breeds in popularity all over the world.

 

Temperament

The busy American Cocker Spaniel is gentle and affectionate, full of life, exuberant and friendly and just thrives on human companionship, wanting nothing more than to please its owners.  Well suited for families and singles alike, these dogs get on well with children and other animals and are well known for their easy going nature.

 

Appearance

Height: 36-38cm  (14-15in)

Weight:   7-14kg  (15-30lb)

Group: Gundog

They can be described as sturdy, sporting, well balanced, compact and display an intelligent, gentle, bright and merry expression. Coming in colours of solid black, black and tan, they have a long and wavy silky coat.

 

Grooming

Requiring a moderate amount of care grooming, it is important to keep their coat clean and free of knots at all times and is easily done by daily brushing and bathing once a week. Basic trimming to be undertaken on a regular basis, including the cutting of nails, removal of excess hair around ear passages, removal of hair between the pads and around the feet.  If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services. 

 

Life Expectancy

10-15 Years

 

Health Concerns

Because of their long ears, ticks and burrs can be concealed behind them as well as providing a warm, damp environment for infections.  Night-blindness is known in the breed. They can become gluttons if permitted and will put on weight very quickly and it is advisable to monitor their diet. Always try to feed quality dog food to ensure a healthy happy dog. 

 

Suitability

An excellent companion because of their adaptability, whether kept inside or outside the house. Requiring regular daily exercise such as a walk or an energetic game, they are good swimmers and great watch dogs.  Great with families and older people, these dogs are adaptable and robust.

 

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Gundogs; dogs in this group were all bred to assist in hunting and retrieving game. A few in this group include Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever to mention a few.

 

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