13Â½-15Â½ inches (34-39 cm)
Long and silky, very abundant, especially the feathering.
The Cocker comes in a large range of color varieties: solid color varieties include black and "Any Solid Color Other than Black" (ASCOB), which ranges from lightest cream to darkest red, including brown; parti-color varieties include black and white, red and white, brown and white, and roans.
A Cocker Spaniel with a sound temperament is one of the sweetest, most loving breeds of dog. Happy, trusting, intelligent and gentle, with large, soulful eyes, the Cocker Spaniel is utterly endearing. His devotion to play is matched only by his devotion to his owners. These are naturally curious dogs who thrive on being included in everything that goes on around them. Cockers are intelligent dogs and love pleasing their owners.
Cockers can share their lives with a variety of people, from the very active to the average homebody. They are adaptable dogs who can do well in the country, but their compact size makes them good city dogs as well. Cockers can get quite noisy if left alone for too long. They should be kept leashed or in a securely fenced area when outside. This breed has a tendency to drool, especially around food.
Cockers can easily shine in a full range of fun and competitive activities, including obedience, agility, hunting tests, flyball, and much more. The properly trained Cocker makes an exceptional therapy dog.
Cockers are moderately energetic dogs, and their needs can be satisfied by a few walks and some fun play sessions. (They especially love to engage in games.) The Cocker will want to accompany his owner everywhere and is quick to settle down after a long walk.
A Cocker Spaniel should be fed a high-quality, age-appropriate diet. Feed two scheduled meals a day.
The Cocker Spaniel is intelligent and easy to train. He can learn a wide range of commands and loves being praised for a job well done, so positive, reward-based training works best. Some Cockers can be hard to housetrain but will catch on with patience and consistency on their owner's part.
Cocker Spaniels love all types of people. They truly adore children - while the years of poor breeding practices gave them a bad name with regard to compatibility with kids, a well-bred, well-socialized Cocker makes an ideal playmate for a child. Cocker Spaniels can also get along remarkably well with other animals, from other dogs to cats to guinea pigs. However, a field-trained or hunting Cocker Spaniel may see smaller animals as prey; these types of dogs and smaller animals would not be ideal housemates.
The average life span of the Cocker Spaniel is 12 to 15 years. Some health problems of the breed include autoimmune diseases; deafness; ear infections; epilepsy; eye problems; food allergies; hemophilia; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; luxating patella; ruptured cruciate ligament; and skin problems.
His profuse coat needs regular brushing with a pin or slicker brush. The Cocker's ears and lower body furnishings have a tendency to mat and should be gone over with a comb. The coat also needs to be clipped regularly, and many owners often decide to use a professional groomer to care for their Cocker. His large eyes and long, feathered ears need special attention so that they don't become infected or excessively dirty.
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