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American Cocker Spaniel

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #292015: #302014: #30
Name American Cocker Spaniel
Other names Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker
Origin United States
Breed Group Sporting (AKC:1878)Gun Dog (UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament Even TemperedJoyfulMerryOutgoingIntelligentSociableTrusting
Height 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm)
Weight 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)
Colors BlackBlack & TanBrownBuffRedSilver
Litter Size 4-7 puppies
Puppy Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 starsCockers will do okay in an apartment if they are adequately exercised. They are fairly active indoors. A small yard is sufficient. Not suited to live outside alone in a kennel.
Barking Tendencies 4 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsAmerican Cockers have plenty of stamina and need regular exercise. They should be taken on daily, long walks.
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: Cockers have an abundance of hair, which will require regular grooming and will, no matter how much you try to control it, end up on your furniture. The long ears and big eyes require routine inspection.Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Health Issues 4 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #20. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 5 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: The Cocker Spaniel is quite willing to learn, so training must be consistent but not overly firm. The Cocker Spaniel may be difficult to housebreak.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Belle
02 Buddy Daisy
03 Cooper Molly
04 Gizmo Lola
05 Teddy Kona
06 Rocky Coco
07 Sammy Lilly
08 Jake Penny
09 Moose Sadie
10 Bailey Gracie
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The smallest member of the sporting group, the cocker should be compact and sturdy. Its gait is ground-covering, strong and effortless. The coat is silky, flat or slightly wavy, not overly long. Excessive coat can hinder the dog in the field. The head and expression are hallmarks of the breed; the expression is soft and appealing. Though seldom used for its original purpose, the cocker should still be able to spend a day in the field and should be balanced and athletic. It is true, however, that most cockers now have too much coat for field work.

This breed is known as the "merry" cocker, and the name is most fitting. It is playful, cheerful, amiable, sweet, sensitive, willing to please and responsive to its family's wishes. It is not known for retaining its hunting instincts, but it is inquisitive and will appreciate a country outing. It is equally at home in the city and will happily walk on leash for its exercise needs. Some bark a lot; some are overly submissive.

The term "cocker" refers to the woodcock, the game bird the breed specialized in hunting. The Cocker Spaniel in the United States is a different dog than the Cocker in England, and was developed from the early U.S. importations of the English Cocker Spaniels. To avoid confusion, it is often referred to as the "American" Cocker Spaniel. Cockers are the smallest of the land spaniels. The breed is a flusher when working game. Unfortunately, very few are used for hunting any more. Today it enjoys the position of being the world’s most popular spaniel. The American Cocker Spaniel was first recognized by the AKC in 1878.


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