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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:

Sporting/Gun Dog


28 – 34 pounds


15 – 17 inches


The English Cocker Spaniel can be a large variety of colors, and can be solid color as well as parti-colored.


English Cocker Spaniel has medium-length, silky coat that requires regular grooming.



The English Cocker Spaniel is a medium sized, compact dog. Because of their origin as a hunting dog in the field, they are active, alert, and quite sturdy. Their happy disposition and loving nature have earned them a spot as beloved pets in many households. While less prominent in America than the American Cockers, they are a distinctive breed that continues to garner popularity.

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom


Spaniel type dogs were used as hunting dogs in England since the 1800s. The original English Cockers were developed during this time. After they were introduced to America, a distinctive type began to form, which gave rise to the American Cockers. The two breeds were officially split in 1936.


The name “cocker” may have come from the usage of this breed to hunt woodcocks.


English Cocker Spaniels are cheerful and friendly. They are quick to socialize, although they tend to form deeper bonds with one person in the family. They are affectionate, gentle, and make faithful companions. English Cocker Spaniels are very intelligent and can be taught to perform a variety of tasks.



The English Cocker Spaniel is intelligent and easily trained. They have an eager-to-please attitude, and respond well to obedience training. Early socialization will ensure that they display their natural happy personalities, and not be overly shy.


English Cocker Spaniels are active dogs and require moderate amount of exercise. Since they are medium-sized, brisk walks twice a day are usually sufficient.


Because of their relatively compact size, English Cocker Spaniels can be good apartment dogs, if given adequate exercise. Owners should be prepared to provide regular grooming. The hair inside of their long, hanging ears can trap dirt, and therefore should be trimmed and regularly cleaned.


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