American Cocker Spaniel

  • Member of the AKC Sporting Group
  • Bred to be a family dog
  • Shoulder height ranges from 13.5 - 15.5 inches
  • Coat colors: black, black with tan points, parti-colored, or any solid color other than black (ASCOB)
  • Health Concerns: Prone to ear and skin problems, hereditary juvenile cataracts

More about

The American Cocker Spaniel is derived from the British Cocker Spaniel. The American Cocker Spaniel was breed to be smaller and have a finer coat than its British cousin. The American Cocker was breed to be a house pet whereas the British Cocker was used as a hunting dog to flush out birds from brushes. The AKC describes the cocker as having "a sturdy, compact body and a silky, flat or wavy coat". His temperament is listed as "merry, well balance... that is capable of considerable speed and great endurance". Given the cocker's sporting past, he needs daily exercise. Daily brushing is also needed to keep his long coat mat-free.

(American Kennel Club)

Care and Maintenance

  • Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  • Socialize young with people, children & pets as has tendency to be timid
  • Walk daily, avoid brush
  • Brush daily, trim nails often
  • Regularly clean eyes with moist cotton pads
  • Regularly cleaning of ears with solutions and wipes

(eHow Pets Editor)


The Main Dawg

  • Age: 7 years old
  • Breed Selected for: Childhood memories
  • Commands: Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Outside, Get busy, Car ride, Kennel
  • Training: Attended obedience school graduated second in the class
  • Personality: Laid-back, easy going until he wants something
  • Activity Level: Okay with laying around all day but likes to run
  • Interaction with Others: Loves people; Dogs not so much
  • Favorite Toys: Tennis balls, stuffed animals
  • After being the dog owner from hell, it was very important for me to 'properly raise' Copper. So I bought a couple of dog books; read them cover to cover multiple times and trolled the web reading every dog 'expert' I could find. So, when I read in one of the books about spreading peanut butter on the refrigerator door at tongue level was a good way to acclimate your dog to grooming I never gave it a second thought. What did Copper learn - brushing interferes with eating and scratch the refrigerator when hungry!

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