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Description

The first mention of the existence of the spaniel is found in a description written by Gaston Phebus in 1300 and nearly five hundred years later the English Spaniels were divided into seven separate breeds which include: the Clumber Spaniel, the Cocker Spaniel, the English Springer Spaniel, the Field Spaniel, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Sussex Spaniel, and the Welsh Springer Spaniel.  The Cocker Spaniel had a talent for hunting woodcock and in the 1930's was the most popular breed of dog in Britain and there he stayed for almost 20 years and still remains one of the top ranked breeds in popularity all over the world.

 

Temperament

The busy little 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 and ever wagging tail.  Cocker Spaniels crave attention and love nothing better than to be with their family.

 

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 black and white, gold 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 Cocker Spaniel, 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 as they do not drop hair. Although not noted for being 'diggers', some may become accomplished escape artists while individual dogs are known to climb fences!  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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