The English Cocker Spaniel’s history can be traced back to “spaniel’, meaning the dog from Spain. This breed is flushing spaniel, used to flush woodcocks. The name “cocker” comes from this usage. One of the smallest sporting dogs, the English Cocker Spaniel first came into England from Spain, where they were used for hunting and retrieving. This was in early 19th century. Soon it was recognized by the Kennel Club of Great Britain.
A medium built, compact god, the English Cocker Spaniel has long ears that reach the nose when pulled forward. Oval, melting, dark eyes; medium length coat in black, red or liver with markings in white, liver, red or tan; nose in black or brown depending on the coat; scissor bite teeth; deep chest; cat-like, round feet; feathered underside of the body; tail can be left natural or docked; these are some of the features of the English Cocker Spaniel.
Black, Black/Tan, Black/White, Black White/Tan, Blue Roan, Blue Roan/Tan, Golden, Lemon Roan, Liver, Liver/Tan, Liver/White Liver Roan, Liver Roan/Tan, Liver White/Tan, Orange/White, Orange Roan, Red, Red Roan, Lemon/White, Red/White, Sable, Sable/Tan, Sable/White
An affable, lovable, energetic, happy-go-lucky dog, the English Cocker Spaniel is great with kids; comfortable with strangers, though can be shy at times; intelligent and independent. They need very gentle training as they are likely to be sensitive. They adjust well with pet cats.
Skin allergies, ear problems, cataracts, benign tumors–these could be some health concerns with the English Cocker Spaniel. Other minor issues such as hip dysplasia, patellar lunation etc are also noted.