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Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed Information

Size 15-16 inch (38-41 cm)
Weight 26-31 lb (12-14 kg)
Origin Great Britain
Color Red, brown, black, mottled blue/orange/brown, black/white, orange/white, brown/white; multi-colored
Lifespan 12-15 years
Suitable as Family dogs, scent dogs
Personality Sensitive, affectionate, cuddly, attentive, happy
Exercise Dog Exercise
Drooling Dog Drooling
Shedding Dog Shedding
Fur care Dog Fur Care

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Breed Characteristics

The Cocker Spaniel is a very happy, excitable dog that likes to obey orders. This pup doesn’t need a “firm hand”. Quite the opposite in fact - that would make it unhappy, as Cocker Spaniels are sensitive and docile. For the same reason it is not a good watchdog, too.

The Cocker Spaniel is so soft-hearted that it would end up helping burglars clearing out the house ;) It is mainly a family dog and enjoys to cuddle with its owners on the sofa. At the same time it likes being outside and is always willing to learn new tricks. The dog loves being challenged with exciting tasks like retrieving, agility and obedience. It also likes to swim. Did you know, that it is a talented therapy dog, too?

Cocker Spaniel at the beach Cocker Spaniel at the beach - Photo: rebeccaashworth/Shutterstock

It is nearly impossible to be in a bad mood when you own a dog like this. It brightens up your life and so do think Hollywood actors like George Clooney (the dogs' name is "Einstein";)), Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William as well as David and Victoria Beckham, too. They all have a Cocker Spaniel.

Please note: Cocker Spaniels have a tendency to bark! If you live in a multi-family house with badly soundproofed walls, a Cocker Spaniel would not be a good idea.

Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniel - Photo: Aleshyn_Andrei/Shutterstock


Cocker Spaniels have a gorgeous silky, soft and shimmering coat. It is only short on its head. The coat colors are various and include red, brown, black, roan, black and white, orange and white, brown and white, tri-colored, ... and even more!


The Cocker Spaniel comes from Great Britain where it was bred for hunting. Since the 19th century, the English and the American Cocker Spaniel are recognized as seperate breeds.

Breeders in the US focused on different traits. This finally resulted in two different breed standards. While the American is smaller and has a rounder head, the English has a longer nose and less distinct eyebrows.

Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniel - Photo: rebeccaashworth/Shutterstock

Where Does the Name Come From?

The word „Cocker“ derives from a wild bird, the woodcock, because the dog was utilized to help hunting woodcocks. The word "Spaniel" probably comes from the Old French "espaigneul", which means "Spanish". This is of course a bit misleading because the dog breed actually originates in Great Britain.

Health and Care

Cocker Spaniels needs a lot grooming - more than other dogs by far. Its coat must be brushed daily so it does not get matted and you have to trim and bathe the dog every few weeks.

Did You Know?

In the Disney movie „Lady and the Tramp“ Lady is a Cocker Spaniel.

Cocker Spaniel in the garden Cocker Spaniel in the garden - Photo: cynoclub/Shutterstock

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