(Cocker Spaniel) The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest breed of sporting spaniels. They have a compact body with a short back and a gently sloping topline. Their legs are stout, straight, and well-boned. American Cocker Spaniels have a defined, round head with an abrupt stop and a square jaw. Their friendly eyes are round, dark, and close-set, and their strong teeth meet in a scissors bite. Depending on the color of coat, an American Cocker Spaniel could have a brown or black nose. Their dropped ears (pendulous ears) hang very long, and their tails are docked to less than half their original length. American Cocker Spaniels have a beautifully soft, lush, silky, feathered coat. The coat on this breed is of medium length and comes in a wide variety of colors.
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly used as pets, but they also serve a working purpose. They are naturally kind, affectionate, and sensitive, and they are respectful of authority. American Cocker Spaniels are fairly intelligent, trusting, and cheerful. They are usually excellent with children and very even-tempered. However, there are temperamental variations due to the breed’s popularity. When buying American Cocker Spaniels, it’s important to choose them from reputable breeders. Poor breeding can lead to a number of unappealing characteristics and bad behavior in specimens. Well-bred American Cocker Spaniels are lively, playful, and social. They need proper training from a young age to avoid the onset of shyness.
Cocker Spaniels are good hunters and make great family pets too. They are known for their intelligence and cooperation but may be stubborn. They enjoy interacting with their owners and other dogs. they are a good family pet too. Sometimes training these spaniels may be difficult, but will learn eventually with patience and consistency. The key in training this breed is to keep in mind that these dogs are very sensitive to your emotions and getting upset or frustrated with them is an easy way to lose their trust. For best results be patient.
The Cocker Spaniel is known for aggression problems and may be difficult to train, you must socialize this dog as a puppy if you would like it to get along well with people and other dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are affected by a number of health concerns. IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) is fairly common in this breed, and is usually a life-threatening condition. Eye and ear problems like infections, PRA, glaucoma, and cataracts are common. Ear inflammation, luxating patellas, and hip dysplasia are less prevalent, but they are still a concern. The average life span of an American Cocker Spaniel is 12 to 15 years, and they average 5 puppies per litter.
Most live on average of 13 to 17 years and yield 5 to 12 puppies per litter.
Puppies weigh 7 to 9 ounces at birth.
The American Cocker Spaniel was originally developed in the United States from careful breeding of the English Cocker Spaniel. The breed is most heavily utilized as a companion and show dog, but it has a number of other natural talents including hunting, tracking, retrieving, and agility. They also make excellent watchdogs.
American Cocker Spaniels need regular trimming and grooming. Even if their coat is left long, it needs to be maintained. Daily brushing and frequent shampooing are sufficient. American Cocker Spaniels’ eyes need frequent cleaning to prevent the onset of irritation or infection. They are average shedders.
Their ears need to be cleaned at least twice a month, or once a week just to be careful. Otherwise they might develop infection or a case of mites.
A deep food bowl specially made for long eared breeds will help prevent ear infections. The ears should be cleaned weekly.
American Cocker Spaniels are content in any living environment, though they prefer at least a small backyard. This breed needs to be exercised regularly to prevent the onset of weight problems or emotional distress.
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Our 11 week old cocker spaniel whines, howls and barks when we put him in the cage at bedtime or if we have to leave for an hour or so. Any suggestions on how to curb this? We have had Cockers in the past and never had this problem.Asked by Anonymous - 4 answers
- Puppy Biting
Have a beautiful cocker that is 4 months old. Extremely hyper and bites all the time. Have tried everything to make her stop biting but am failing. What should I do?Asked by Anonymous - 2 answers
- I have a Cocker that recently pottied in house two times???
My Dad was unable to keep his Cocker. She is 4 years old and the sweetest thing ever. She has been with our family for a week. I take her on several walks a day. Last night I noticed she peed on the this rug I had in the family...Asked by Anonymous - 3 answers
- Female mentral cycle
I have and 8 mon. old female american coker. We have observed her first mentral time. What is their cycle? Once a month? Also how many days does it last?Asked by Anonymous - 4 answers