English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Dog Facts

Type:
Gundog
Energy:
Medium
Exercise Requirement:
Moderate
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Protection:
Not very protective
Size:
Medium
Grooming Maintenance:
Moderate
Temperature Preference:
Temperate - warm
Typical Lifespan:
12-14 years

About the Cocker Spaniel Breed

This English Cocker Spaniel is a medium sized dog, with long ears and a broad muzzle. It can work as both a retriever and a game flusher, and is built to be big enough to carry heavy game (an act aided by its wide muzzle), but also small enough to make its way through undergrowth. Its stamina is also high enough to keep up with a full day of hunting.

The coat of the English Cocker Spaniel is one of the most attractive features. It is mid length to long, and is either straight or slightly wavy. Coming mainly in white, liver or red, the coat should be silky and soft to the touch. The long ears of the English Cocker Spaniel are also endearing, and hang low to frame the face. They are also covered in the soft fur of the dog. The coat should have sufficient feathering to protect the underside of the breed from brambles, but not too long as to get in the way or get caught or tangled.

The English Cocker Spaniel has more of its hunting instincts intact than its cousin, the American Cocker Spaniel, and so is inquisitive and likes to sniff around and explore. If it has access to a garden, it needs to be a secure one, or the dog will eventually find its way out. It is a cheerful dog, and enjoys spending time with its owners, so make sure you have enough time in the day to let this dog be near you, otherwise it may get frustrated, sad, and destructive. It is loyal to its owners and seeks to please.

It needs daily exercise, whether that be a long walk, a run or an intense game in the garden, assuming your garden is large enough. The English Cocker Spaniel can live outside in warm climates, but would prefer to live inside with its owners, and have easy access to the garden instead.

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