English Cocker Spaniel breed information

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The English Cocker Spaniel is an alert, compactly built, medium-sized dog. The English Cocker is the smallest in the gundog group. It hunts well in difficult terrain. These days, the English Cocker is more often a companion dog due to its good-natured disposition. The talents of this breed are tracking, hunting, retrieving, watchdogging, agility, and competitive obedience. It is also called the Merry Cocker because of its energetic, playful, and eager to please nature and its unique tail wagging which includes its entire hindquarters. It is compact but bigger than the American Cocker Spaniel. The English Cocker Spaniel is a hardy, energetic, active, merry and lovable, sweet and affectionate dog. It makes an excellent family dog and good companion to children; it is gentle and playful, but does not tolerate teasing well. Usually gets along well with other pets. This breed is highly intelligent; obeys respectfully the orders it is given. The Cocker Spaniel is a moderate barker. Generally it is an outgoing breed, but some individuals can be reserved. Some bitches are fairly dominant; males tend to be more cooperative. This dog is sensitive but also independent and intelligent; it should be trained very gently, but firmly. The Cocker Spaniel can do well with cats in the household.

English Cocker Spaniel

Life expectancy: 12- 15 years
Color: white appearing in combination with black, liver or red
Eyes: medium-sized, full and slightly oval-shaped; set wide apart, dark brown
Coat type: On head, short and fine; medium-long on body; flat or slightly wavy; silky
Size:males 16 to 17 inches; females 15 to 16 inches
Health issues: The English Cocker Spaniel is prone to ear infections and inherited eye diseases. During the summer, the ears should be checked often; they can become host to ticks.
Living conditions: This breed will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It does best with at least an average sized yard.

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