English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
The English Cocker Spaniel is thought to be one of the oldest living land spaniels and descends from the original spaniels of Spain. Spaniels are thought to have existed as far back as 2,000 years ago and have long been used to hunt on land and in water. However, it was not until the 17th century that spaniels began to be classified into different groups based on size and hunting ability.
In 1879, a spaniel named Obo was born from a Sussex spaniel and field spaniel. Obo is considered to be the predecessor of the modern English Cocker Spaniel. He later produced a son named Obo II that was born in America and served as the predecessor of the modern American Cocker Spaniel.
The English Cocker Spaniel weighs 26 to 34 pounds and measures 15 to 17 inches.
The English Cocker Spaniel has a medium-length, silky coat that is either flat or slightly wavy. If shown, the English Cocker Spaniel should be brushed daily and professionally groomed every six to eight weeks. If not shown, the English Cocker Spaniel can be brushed just a few times a week and bathed when dirty.
Like all dogs, the English Cocker Spaniel also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The English Cocker Spaniel is happy and adventurous, making both a wonderful family companion and a determined hunting dog.
The English Cocker Spaniel is deeply loyal and even slightly protective of their family. As such, the English Cocker Spaniel can be reserved with strangers. Once they get to known them, however, they are friendly and affectionate.
The English Cocker Spaniel loves to have fun and enjoys playing with other dogs and pets. In general, the English Cocker Spaniel just likes attention. They thrive on companionship and can develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
The English Cocker Spaniel is smart and a quick learner. They can be stubborn at times, but are generally easy to train. English Cocker Spaniels are eager to please and especially responsive to positive reinforcement.
The English Cocker Spaniel especially likes being outdoors and is quite athletic. They tend to be more sporty and energetic than the American Cocker Spaniel. If not being used as a hunting dog, the English Cocker Spaniel needs vigorous exercise in the form of a long daily walk or hike. The English Cocker Spaniel also needs regular time outside in a secure are to run around and play.