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Cocker Spaniel (English)

English Cocker Spaniels are medium-sized, well-balanced dogs. They are active, have a sweet temperament, and are great as family dogs as they love to participate in group activities and can be trained easily. Loyalty is one of their main characteristics so if you’re thinking of getting a Cocker Spaniel as a pet, be prepared to have a permanent, but adorable shadow following you around everywhere.  

12 – 15 years
13 – 14.5kg
38 – 41cm
Cocker Spaniels come in a multitude of different colours and combinations, including solid colours of black, red, orange and brown, combinations of black with white, liver with white, red and white, blue roan, orange roans, black roans, particolours and tricolours
Kennel Club Group
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

English Cocker Spaniel can be prone to:
- Ear infections 
- Glaucoma
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy which is where deposits form in the eye and this can result in damage to the eye and blindness in dim light.
- Familial nephropathy which is a serious disease where the kidneys do not work properly. 
- Acral mutilation syndrome which is where dogs start to damage their paws as they are unable to feel pain in this part of their body.
- Atopy where the skin reacts to allergens in the environment and becomes sore and itchy.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Eye screening scheme 
- Eye testing for pectinate ligament abnormality testing to look for signs that a dog is affected by glaucoma.

As well as DNA testing to see whether or not a dog has the potential to develop certain conditions:
- DNA test for progressive retinal atrophy, familial nephropathy and acral mutilation syndrome which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition.

Meet the Spaniel!

Cocker Spaniel Appearance

The Cocker Spaniel puppy weighs about 1.4 kg but can get to a weight of 13 – 14.5 kg in adulthood. Their coats are flat and silky with plenty of feathering on the front legs. The Cocker Spaniel colours can range from black, red, orange, and brown, to different combinations of two or more colours. 

They have a certain regal appearance with their ears being long and feathered and their coats, beautifully thick and wavy.  

Cocker Spaniel Personality

The Cocker Spaniel is a busy, friendly dog who thrives on human companionship, wanting nothing more than to please their owners. They are ideal pets where there are children about and they get on well with other household animals. 

Cocker Spaniels are a very happy breed, constantly wagging their tails and always on the go. They are easily trained, being both clever and eager to learn.  

What owners say about this breed...

Cocker Spaniel
Dog Owner

Meet Bertie

"He’s energetic and loves life, is loyal and very bright. He loves to learn tricks, play with balls and carry his soft toys around." 

Cocker Spaniel
Dog Owner

Meet Dave

"They have endless energy so they need to be kept active and need a lot of walks."

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Dog Owner

Meet Harley

"Harley is a working cocker so needs loads of exercise, and if he smells something he is off like a rocket with complete disregard for his surroundings which can make for an interesting walk if he is off lead."

Cocker Spaniel Fun Facts

  • There are two very different types of Cocker Spaniels: the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel. Enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic argue about which one is the ‘real’ one! While the English Cocker Spaniel is taller than they are long, the American one is longer than they are tall. They also have a longer muzzle than the American ones. 
  • A Cocker Spaniel named Tangle was the first cancer-detecting dog, trained to recognise the smell of cancer with a success rate of 80% accuracy. 
  • Cocker Spaniel’s paw pads inspired the sole for the first ever boat shoes when Paul Sperry witnessed his dog running on ice without a problem. 
  • Lady, from Lady and the Tramp was a Cocker Spaniel. 
  • George Clooney has a Cocker Spaniel called Einstein and British royals Will and Kate have one called Lupo. 
  • They make terrible guard dogs as they’re much too friendly. 


Do Cocker Spaniels shed a lot? 

No, compared to other breeds, Cocker Spaniels don’t shed a lot, but it depends on the individual dog and season (spring and fall is when they shed more). 

Can a Cocker Spaniel be left alone? 

It’s recommended that a Cocker Spaniel not be left alone for more than four hours because they are prone to getting separation anxiety

What are the disadvantages of a Cocker Spaniel? 

Some owners might find Cocker Spaniels to be too energetic as they need a lot of exercise to burn off the excess energy. Also, separation anxiety can cause Cocker Spaniels to be destructive and excessively noisy, which might be an issue for owners that need to leave them alone during the day. 

Is it better to get a male or female Cocker Spaniel? 

The differences between a male and a female Cocker Spaniel are minimal and while females are generally easier to train and more affectionate, males are more independent, but this also depends on the dog’s personality and character. 

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