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English Cocker Spaniel – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small to Medium
Weight: 26 to 34 pounds
Height: 14 inches to 17 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt an English Cocker Spaniel, Dog Breed Guide


English Cocker Spaniels, not to be confused with its American cousin, the American Cocker Spaniel is one of the oldest land Spaniel dog breeds that still exist and thrive today. They are gun dogs famous for their hunting, tracking and retrieving skills. Today they are being used as dependable watchdogs as well as competent agility and competitive obedience competitors.

Official Name

English Cocker Spaniel
Other Name – Cocker Spaniel


Date – 18th Century / Country: England
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting, Spaniel

Recognized By

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The English Cocker Spaniel or simple called Cocker Spaniel is considered to be one of the oldest land Spaniel breeds known. They were originally bred and used for centuries to hunt woodcock in England. Before the end of the eighteenth century, English Cocker Spaniel was not a breed per-se but a generic name to call spaniel-types of dogs which includes English Springers, Cocker Spaniels, Clumbers, Sussex, Welsh Springers, Field Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels. The seven dog breeds were separated and recognized as different dog breeds before the 1900’s.

The modern English Cock Spaniel got its name from its original purpose, woodcock hunting. Cocker is a colloquial word to describe spaniel who is expert in hunting cocks or woodcocks.


Great hunting and companion dogs are natural to the English Cocker Spaniel dog breed. These are hunting dogs that shows liveliness and enthusiasm during the hunt, as well as around their family. They are friendly and will be very social especially when properly socialized. English Cockers are devoted family pets who have been found excellent for families with older children.

Bred For

Woodcock hunting, where it got its name Cocker. Today they are used for hunting, tracking, retrieving, watchdog duties and competitions.


These small to medium sized spaniels are dogs that will thrive in homes that have an average sized yard. The English Cocker Spaniel is a dog that can and will be perfect for apartment and condominium types of living areas. Provided that the English Cocker Spaniel dogs their exercise needs are sufficiently met.


This breed demands plenty of attention when it comes to grooming. Regular trimming is necessary and prepare to have their furs everywhere as they are big shedders.


Housebreak training may be quite a challenge but possible.


Health problems that are known to affect this breed are ear infections which can cause complete deafness and obesity from being overfed.


Dog owners who choose an English Cocker Spaniel for a home pet should have ample amount of time to devote to the dog’s exercise needs. English Cockers should be taken on walks every day. These are dogs that will enjoy as much exercise hours as their owners can provide. They need to be taken on a daily walk.