One of the oldest spaniels around, Cocker Spaniels are intelligent, lively and absolutely lovable dogs. They are regarded as one of the best companion dogs and can even do well with cats around the house. This beautiful breed has a cheerful disposition with a long and lustrous coat. As the smallest members of the ‘American Kennel Club Sporting Group’, they are a popular choice as a show dog. Here’s more information about this dog breed:
Shyla and her Cocker Spaniel – Maya
Our HUFT customer Shyla tells us about her one-year old Cocker Spaniel – Maya:
“Maya is an intelligent dog who is by far the best family member I have ever had. She is nine years of age and is more of a human lover than a dog lover. She gets jealous about sharing her humans, cuddles on her own terms and absolutely LOVES Dosa!
She will place her head down signifying ‘please’ when she wants something such as food or her toy. And instantly starts whining when she hears words like – Go, Walk, Collar or Puaa (malayalam word which means – shall we go?). When it’s her meal time, she will start cuddling us to remind us that we need to serve her food. Although she acts as though she is not fond of her new brother, she is okay with sharing her toys with him and is even quick to defend him when he is being reprimanded. We absolutely love her antics!”
The Breed Purpose
Cocker Spaniels were bred to be a hunting dog. Which is why, even now, chasing birds and small animals is instinctive to them. Descendants from Spaniels, they were bred to hunt down woodcocks that flew low on the ground. And that explains why they love to run after birds and small animals and their small size. Recognized in England in the late 1880s, they instantly became popular and are the smallest dogs in the sporting group.
Games that you can play with your Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniels need loads of exercise and they love retrieval games, hide and seek, game of fetch and agility games.
Cocker Spaniel Health
Cocker Spaniels need some serious grooming and if not groomed on a regular basis, their coat can easily become tangled and matted. Ear infections are also common in this breed due to their long droopy ears. They are also prone to eye diseases due to eyelid conformation and may also suffer from lip-fold dermatitis.
Cocker Spaniel Size
Cocker Spaniels are small to medium in size. A male Cocker Spaniel generally weighs between 13-16 kilos, while a female weighs between 12-15 kgs.
Cocker Spaniels have an average life span of 12 – 15 years.
Cocker Spaniels have a lustrous and wavy coat and need to be groomed well. The thick wavy coat sits short on the head and at the back while it is long around the ears, chest, belly and legs. The coat color is usually a solid color such as black, light cream, red or brown and is at times part-colored. Cocker Spaniels need to groomed from an early age so that they are used to the idea of being groomed regularly. If not groomed regularly, the coat gets prone to matting. Cocker Spaniels are average shedders.