Scottish Cocker

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Scottish Cocker History

The Scottish (or Scotty) Highland Terrier is a medium-sized, short-haired, rough-coated terrier. The Scottie is a working terrier, developed in Scotland in the 19th century to hunt foxes and rats in the glens and farms. The Scottie is a descendant of the Skye Terrier and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The Scottie was originally called “Scottish Terrier”, but was later renamed to “Scottie” by fanciers of the breed. The Scottish variety is recognized by the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom, as well as by the United Kennel Club in the United States of America. The “Scottie” name has also been used by other clubs to denote other types of terriers such as the West Highland White or Cairn.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Scottish Cocker Physical Characteristics

The Scottish Cocker Spaniel is a very small, toy-size breed of dog that typically stands at 10 to 12 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs between 7 and 12 pounds. They have a long, lightly built body and a compact, round head. Their short, fine, silky, flat or wavy coat is red, wheaten, or a mixture of these two colors. Their bright, dark brown eyes have a lively expression. They are loving, affectionate, and cheerful.

Eye Colors

Blue, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Brown, White

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 16 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 16 – 25 lbs

Female Weight Range: 16 – 25 lbs

Scottish Cocker Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Scottish Cocker Health Concerns

Cataracts, Retinal Dysplasia, Seborrhea, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Deafness, Pulmonic Stenosis, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Bleeding Disorder, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM), Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye), Craniomandibular Osteopathy (Lion Jaw), Chronic Hepatitis, Cleft Lift or Palate

Scottish Cocker Temperament and Behaviour

The Scottish Cocker is a lively, playful and energetic breed with a sweet and gentle disposition. They are wonderful companions and are always looking for fun things to do. They are highly intelligent and can easily learn new tricks and commands. They are extremely loyal to their families and are very attached to their owners.

Scottish Cocker Activity Requirements

Scottish Cocker Spaniels are small, friendly, and intelligent dogs that are relatively easy to train. While they are not as high-energy as some other breeds, they do require regular physical exercise. For inactive or overweight Scottish Cocker Spaniels, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase their level of activity. Too much exercise, too soon, can lead to injuries. A brisk, 30-minute walk a day is a good starting point for healthy, adult dogs. If your Scottish Cocker is in good shape, they will enjoy more vigorous activity and should have at least one long, 45- to 60-minute walk each day. This can also be broken up into multiple, short walks.

Miles Per Day

6 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Scottish Cocker is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Scottish Cocker is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Scottish Cocker is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Scottish Cocker is part of the Unclassified group.

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