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Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel originates from...

Prominent during the Tudor reign of Henry VIII, the English Cocker Spaniel gained great popularity as a versatile hunting gun-dog suited to both wet and dry terrain and progressively, as a docile and affectionate companion dog. Whilst proving a favourite in the royal courts of the 16th and 17th centuries, literative references to 'spanyells' date back as early as the 14th century, reflecting the early prominence of the breed. Utilised in hunting, the Cocker Spaniel derived its name from its ability to hunt woodcock specifically. Until 1990, the breed was considered the most popular as registered by the American Kennel Club, however it now ranks 25th.

The English Cocker Spaniel is characterised by...

Divided into 7 breed variations since 1873, including English Springer, Irish Water and Clumber, the Spaniel was originally differentiated by little more than its size. The Cocker variation is amongst the most popular and is characterised by an arched head, low-set ears, ovular eyes and a soft, wavy coat in colour deviations of solid black, red or liver with markings of tan, chocolate and white. Highly trainable in line with its heritage, the Cocker Spaniel maintains a strong hunting instinct, however when taught to respect and abide by its owner, makes a loyal, gentle and trusting pet for the family or a dedicated sole owner.

The average English Cocker Spaniel...

Moderately-sized and with an easy and gentle temperament, the Cocker Spaniel was the original family companion, proceeding the Labrador and Golden Retriever as the dog most compatible with children, other pets and the domestic setting. Whilst there are discrepancies across gender, the average healthy Cocker Spaniel will weigh 12-16 kg, with a life expectancy of 12-15 years when shown appropriate care.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Susceptible to various health complaints that are partly genetic, the English Cocker Spaniel has been known to suffer from optical disorders including glaucoma and cataracts, as well as issues relating to hips and elbows. More serious conditions specific to the breed are cardiac weakness, epilepsy and liver disease, whilst deafness is common in the breed due to the ears hanging low against the ground. Additionally, the Spaniel is prone to easy weight gain, so feeding human foods is not encouraged as even the smallest amount of fat can be detrimental to the general health of the dog.
 

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Our Cocker Spaniel owners' thoughts

21st Jul 2014
Jonathan Overend
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 2014
  • From: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

We have Bailey who is a rescue dog we adopted from wood green animal shelter 9 years ago. We were told he didn't like children, was possessive of toys and food, he hated being clipped and didn't travel well. He was a lost little soul who had been left on his own in a house all day and was terribly bored. His only excitement was when the post came through the door. After we got him he changed almost immediately. He suddenly realised that he was loved unconditionally, he is not a family pet to us, he is one of our family. Last Xmas we were told he had a small severely diseased liver with a 'mass' on it. The vet told us he should get through Xmas as it was only one week... We were devastated and researched thoroughly what we could do to ease the stress on his liver. We ordered Denamarin tablets and the royal canin hepatic dry food for him. It is now late July and he races around like a pup and is coping very well!! The food has made him put on some weight but our vet says it's a balancing act and that she would be more worried if he lost it. We feel that, at nearly 12, every day is a bonus and as long as he is happy and eating well life is good. He is a special little soul who is loved in abundance and he has given us far more than we could ever give him. Bless his little furry paws... :-)

2nd Jul 2016
Nardia caplin
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2012
  • From: Hampshire, United Kingdom

jake is a working cocker spaniel, but does not work himself. At 8 years old he is still as mad as a hatter, very active. He suffers from the typical spaniel illness of see food and eat it! He has never had any illness luckily

25th Oct 2016
Carolyn Newton-Brown
  • VioVet Customer Since: July 2015
  • From: Lancashire, United Kingdom

We have a 6 year old show cocker called Benji who is a rescue. He's soft as anything. Loves children but is bird mad!! Like all Cockers he's very focused on food!!

19th Nov 2016
Janet Youde
  • VioVet Customer Since: February 2015
  • From: Caerdydd, United Kingdom

We have the most adorable cocker spaniel who is absolutely one of the family! Cockers make the perfect pet dog - not too big and not too small! He is so lovable, and cuddly and is great with children! He is well behaved - apart from when the postman comes! He's not a big eater and won't generally take treats from other people. We love him to bits and couldn't imagine life without him. He comes everywhere with us - including camping holidays.

14th Dec 2016
Sue Terry
  • VioVet Customer Since: September 2016
  • From: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

My little cocker Daisy is 6 yrs she is a rescued dog I adopted from the RSPCA in Rochdale as i am an aca at the centre she came in on a sun and i took her home the following tue after her vetcheck she had been abused so was very nervous when we took her home at 18 months she is much better with people now and I wouldn't be with out her

26th Jan 2017
Rebecca Watkins
  • VioVet Customer Since: September 2016
  • From: Blaenau Gwent, United Kingdom

Megan is a chocolate working cocker spaniel who is 6 yeaes ol, but does not work herself...why work for a living she says when if you look cute enough, you get everything for nothing!! :)
She has the most amazing temperament and personality. We have never had to train her, she is just naturally submissive and so keen to please. The most loyal and loving dog, and truly is my best friend and the heart of our family.

14th Mar 2017
Elaine Hutchison
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 2017
  • From: Fife, United Kingdom

I've got 2 working cocker spaniels and wouldn't be without them. They a fun, loyal, friendly and very clever. Beautiful dogs.

21st Mar 2017
Helen Ozzard
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 2017
  • From: United Kingdom

I have a working strain cocker spaniel and she is a truly beautiful dog. She is easy going, submissive and immensely cuddly. The saying 'you don't own a cocker you wear one' certainly applies to her. We are training her to be a gun dog and already her natural ability is showing. These dogs need a lot of mental stimulation, be it gundog training or agility, to prevent them getting bored. They can be quite a needy breed. Anyone considering a working strain cocker needs to ask the breeder how the pup is bred and what they will be like to live with on a daily basis as some of the trials bred ones are too highly strung for novice/pet homes. Buy a pup from health tested parents to save yourself a whole lot of heartache from the genetic diseases in this breed.

22nd Mar 2017
Angie Leigh (happycheeks108)
  • VioVet Customer Since: September 2013
  • From: Devon, United Kingdom

Barclay is showxworking cocker easiest most loving dog I've ever owned I really can't fault him I feel blessed having him around..

22nd Mar 2017
Eric Ward
  • VioVet Customer Since: September 2016
  • From: North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Amber is a 10 year old lemon roan. the most loving dog ever. She loves everyone especially the post man. never showed any aggression ever. She has her pet passport & enjoys her trips to france & the great outdoors in general. she is getting a bit of arthritis now, but she is doing ok with her meds

17th May 2017
Jeannie Collings
  • VioVet Customer Since: May 2017
  • From: Suffolk, United Kingdom

We have a beautiful golden cocker full of fun loves belly tickles sitting on your knee for cuddles has his mad moments like all cockers tearing around but is super intelligent learns very quickly excellent house dog very devoted to myself cannot go to the loo without a chaperone lol but love him to bits

24th Jul 2017
Janet Wyer
  • VioVet Customer Since: May 2016
  • From: Suffolk, United Kingdom

My puppy is 11 weeks old and is a spaniel cross lab , she has settled in well , Rosie is a family pet , she adores children loves them throwing balls and toys , she will soon be allowed to go for walks , she goes around the garden like a mad thing . Toilet trained within the week and only one accident indoors , she knows sit and gives us her paw , she will be going to puppy training courses in a couple of weeks time .

24th Jul 2017
Janet Wyer
  • VioVet Customer Since: May 2016
  • From: Suffolk, United Kingdom

My puppy is 11 weeks old and is a spaniel cross lab , she has settled in well , Rosie is a family pet , she adores children loves them throwing balls and toys , she will soon be allowed to go for walks , she goes around the garden like a mad thing . Toilet trained within the week and only one accident indoors , she knows sit and gives us her paw , she will be going to puppy training courses in a couple of weeks time .

5th Aug 2017
Glynis Spencer
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2011
  • From: Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Alfie is a working lemon roan cocker spaniel but we don't work him. He is rescue and we've had him since he was 4, he is now 9 yrs 7mth. His original owner idolised him and he was obviously the boss and very spoilt. She was sadly terminal ill so we imagine he wasn't socialised that much. He is very noisy and is constantly motivated by food. He will craftily try and pinch the eggs out of the hen box when I am feeding the hens but he is brilliant with the fowls and would not attempt to harm them. However he can get agitated if you try to take food off him once he has got it. Dolly the cat loves him and sleeps huddled up to him at night and when we are relaxing in the evening watching the tele she sits on his head and washes his face. Because he is such a character he has so much of a presence... Luke the Soluki also idolises him and quite often pinches food for Alfie . Just recently Alf has had some discomfort with his annal glands.. I don't know why because I haven't changed his diet...he isn't excessively overweight . He has also just had a course of injections for arthritis as he has signs in his front right leg and suffers with stiffness at the base of his spine . He is still bonkers and races round especially if he thinks he's in for a treat. He likes going off in the car to do different walks and explore Derbyshire. He is a great character and a very special dog to us all.

20th Aug 2017
Lorraine Paterson
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2017
  • From: Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

We have a Golden Cocker Spaniel who is nine years old. He is a very laid back chap and I could not recommend the breed more highly as a family dog. I have had many dogs in the past and consider myself to have been very lucky. I have to say Corey has an excellent temperament, is social with other dogs, would like to be with cats but they don't have the same opinion. He has never been a problem as far as toilet training goes. He is food orientated and we have to watch his intake especially because he was Neutered at a young age. He is quite a bit bigger than your average Cocker and ideally weighs no more than 18kg. Fortunately Cocker Spaniels will walk forever so if you want a dog to take out as your faithful companion this is the one for you. Corey has Dry Eye condition which we have kept at bay with medication. He has sometimes got a 'smelly mouth' which is caused by the folds of skin inside his mouth trapping saliva which can get infected. In severe cases these 'channels' are often stitched up. These is a common Cocker problem and the benefits of sharing our lives with our happy, funny, friendly, adorable Corey far outweighs any little details.

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