American Cocker Spaniel

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American Cocker Spaniel History

The American Cocker Spaniel was recognized by the AKC in 1934. The Cocker was originally developed as a flushing and retrieving gundog. The cocker spaniel was a favorite of early English hunters, who prized its friendly nature and its ability to hunt birds on land and in water. The ancestors of the modern cocker spaniel date back to the mid-16th century. The present day American cocker spaniel descends from two types of spaniel: the English toy spaniel, and the larger, heavier waterside or English springer.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

American Cocker Spaniel Physical Characteristics

The American Cocker Spaniel is a small, medium-to-large breed that typically stands between 13 and 17 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 16 and 32 pounds. They have a thin, long body, a long tail, and a thick, soft, flat, silky, wavy or curly, often white or cream colored, short to medium-length, double-coat. Their head is a wedge-shaped, large, round, and wide and they have a large, erect, triangular, drop-eared, dark, rose-colored, almond-shaped eyes. Their nose is usually wide and slightly flattened and their muzzle is short, deep, and wide. They are a gentle, friendly, affectionate, playful, and outgoing breed that is highly intelligent.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 14 – 15 inches

Female Height Range: 13 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 25 – 30 lbs

Female Weight Range: 20 – 25 lbs

American Cocker Spaniel Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

American Cocker Spaniel Health Concerns

Cataracts, Retinal Dysplasia, Seborrhea, Skin Problems, Entropion, Ectropion, Corneal Erosion, Phosphofructokinase Deficiency, Skin Fold Dermatitis

American Cocker Spaniel Temperament and Behaviour

The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of dog that is typically friendly, outgoing, and energetic. They are known for being good with children and other pets, and they make great family dogs. American Cocker Spaniels are loyal and affectionate, and they enjoy being active. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and they thrive when they have a job to do. American Cocker Spaniels are intelligent and eager to please, which makes them easy to train. They are also known for being good watchdogs.

American Cocker Spaniel Activity Requirements

American Cocker Spaniels are an active, friendly, and fun-loving dog. They are intelligent, gentle, and loyal, and make a wonderful family pet. They will need at least one 20 to 30 minute walk per day. While Cocker Spaniels can be very active, you don’t need to take them on long runs or hikes. If you are looking for a high-energy, high-maintenance dog, a Cocker Spaniel may not be the one for you. This breed is happiest when they are with their families. They do well in homes with other dogs or children, but should not be left alone for long periods of time.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

American Cocker Spaniel is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

American Cocker Spaniel is part of the Gundog group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

American Cocker Spaniel is part of the Gundog group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

American Cocker Spaniel is part of the Sporting group.

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