|English Cocker Spaniel|
"The Merry Cocker"
The subgroup of dogs known as "spaniels" gets its
name from "Hispania" the old name for Spain, thought to be
the origin of these dogs. These dog breeds have been known
throughout Europe and Britain since the 1300s. In 1677, it
was written that these spaniels were dogs "with active feet,
wanton tails and busy nostrils." Larger spaniels were used
for springing game while the smaller ones hunted the dense
bushes for woodcock. That's how the name "cocker" came
to be. In England and all Europe, this breed is known as the
Cocker Spaniel. In England in 1892, it was granted separate
breed status by the Kennel Club, but it wasn't until 1940 that
the Canadian Kennel Club, CKC did likewise, followed by the
AKC in 1946. Breed registrations finally appeared in the
Stud Book in 1947 under their own heading. In the US and
Canada, the breed is known as the English Cocker Spaniel.
"The merry Cocker" is a caption traditionally given to the
breed because of its of its happy outgoing nature, its non-stop
tail wagging. The English Cocker has retained more of its
sporting instincts than the American Cocker, and many still
enjoy working in the fields. Cockers come in a wide variety
of colors, solids, and parti-colors, and several combinations.
Their fine, silky, textured coat needs grooming about three
times per week to lessen shedding and to keep it mat free.
He requires lots of exercise each day. As a family dog they
are a very good choice, very affectionate, friendly, even
with other animals, and bonding to all family
members, especially children.
The English Cocker Spaniel
Dog: 16 - 17 in. (41 - 43 cm) at withers.
Weight: 28 - 34 lb. (13 - 15 kg).
Bitch: 15 - 16 in. (38 - 41 cm) at withers.
Weight: 26 - 32 lb. (12 - 15 kg).
Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years.