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Cocker Spaniel
History: Origin:The Cocker Spaniel dates all the way back to the 14th century. The breed originiated in the United Kingdom, and then made its way to Canada and Spain before arriving in the United States in the late 1800s. The American variety took on a look of its own and broke off from the English Cocker Spaniel. The American Cocker Spaniel was recognized by the AKC in 1878. Cockers hold the distinction of being the smallest of both the spaniels and the sporting group. Don't let their size fool you, though. They are great hunting partners, adept at both flushing and collecting targeted game.

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American Cocker Spaniel

AKC Group: Sporting

Breed Club: The American Spaniel Club Inc.

Rescue Club: ASC-ASCF Cocker Spaniel Rescue

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Body Type:

  • Small but rugged
  • Possess both speed and endurance
  • Range in weight from 18 to 28 pounds
  • Ideal height is 14 inches for females and 15 inches for males


  • *Happy and personable
  • *Very obliging
  • *Trustful


  • *Black, ASCOB (Any Solid Color Other than Black), Parti-colors (One color must be white, but not more than 90%)
  • Short on the head; medium on the body
  • Silky

Health Concerns:

  • Cocker Spaniels live an average of 10-11 years.
  • Ear Infections are very common
  • Eye problems, including cataracts and glaucoma
  • Studies have shown cancer to be the leading cause of death
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • *Can be very competitive or laid back
  • *Became more famous in the 1940s

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