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Also Known As
The Can-Do Companion, The Long-Haired Lady
Area of Origin
Breed Birthday
14th Century
Breed Type
Personality Traits
Happy, Smart, Gentle
Related Breeds
Wirehaired Vizsla, Field Spaniel, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Welsh Springer Spaniel, American Water Spaniel
Best Breeds For
A gentle and loving family who likes a little bit of daily exercise—they’re eager playmates and like kids. They usually get along well with other pets, too.
Most Cocker Spaniels are tender and love to please. They respond best to gentle training.
They’re small and can comfortably fit into any sized apartment, condo, or house.

Breed Popularity

Miniature Schnauzer
Cocker Spaniel
Bichon Frise
American Pit Bull Terrier
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History of Cocker Spaniel


The Spaniel breeds are a large group that dates back to the 14th century when it was spelled Spanyell. The breeds were divided into land and water spaniels, then divided again by size, and later, by the way the lines were bred in England and America. Cockers are the smallest of the spaniels and are named after their ability to help hunt Woodcocks (a small, chunky bird with a crazy long beak that’s found in the U.S. and in Canada). They used to flush, point, and retrieve the small birds for their hunting companions. The first Cocker to reach America came over on the Mayflower, but it wasn’t until Cocker Spaniel My Own Brucie won the Westminster dog show in 1940 and again in 1941 that the breed soared in popularity. Brucie was the most photographed dog in the world at the time.
Facts about Cocker Spaniel

Good To Know

English Cocker Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels both share the same happy temperament, have the same coat colors, and share a long bloodline as Spaniels. The English Cocker Spaniel is a little bit bigger—2 inches taller and about 6 pounds heavier—and their heads are shaped slightly differently.
Cocker Spaniel health and care

Health & Care

Height: 14" to 15” at the shoulder
Weight: 24 to 28 pounds
Lifespan: 11 to 15 years
Most Cocker Spaniels are healthy dogs, though like all breeds, some dogs will face hip dysplasia and eye disease. They’re also known to be a little bit sensitive to excitement and sometimes pee when they’re excited or nervous. Check their ears every week too—their ears are long and beautiful, but also prone to ear infections.
They have a ton of gorgeous hair, which is part of their beauty, but it’s also quite a bit of work. Plan to get your pup groomed once a month and brush their locks a few times a week to prevent matting.
Cocker Spaniel personality


Lady from Lady and the Tramp. Oprah’s own Solomon, Sophie, and Sadie. The Coppertone Cocker. John F. Kennedy’s dog. And Marilyn Monroe’s dog, too. The long-haired Cocker Spaniel first made its way to America on the Mayflower and it’s been popular almost ever since. (The Cocker Spaniel is constantly vying for first place in the most popular dogs in the U.S.). Their silky flowing coat is extremely handsome, making them striking in the dog ring and pretty on the walk down the block, too. They’re also merry and free—their biggest dream in life is to make their family happy.

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