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American Cocker Spaniel: Origin, Temperament, Training, Exercise (Cocker Spaniel)
Group: AKC Sporting
Dog, UKC Gun Dog
About Cocker Spaniel
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The American Cocker Spaniel
was developed from the English Cocker Spaniel
breed and transported to the United States
to serve as a hunting dog. The American Spaniel
is smaller in size than the English Spaniel,
and both breeds make good hunting dogs as
well as companions, show dogs, and watch dogs. The American Spaniel is the smallest of the sporting breed group of dogs.
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A General Appearance
of the Dog
The American Cocker Spaniel has long ears
that hang straight down the side of its head,
which is smaller and more rounded than the
head of an English Spaniel.
Of all the dogs in the ‘sporting’
group, the American Cocker Spaniel is known to be
the smallest. The American Cocker Spaniel demonstrates
a balanced and powerful physical movement.
Coat colorings range from a solid black to black
mixed with tan or brown shadings.
Coat type (whether
thick, or with undercoat etc.)
The American Cocker Spaniel’s coat is made
up of short, fine hair on the head, with medium-length
hair on the body. The dog’s undercoat tends
to have short, fine hair, also.
Cocker Spaniels weigh 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg.).
Temperament of the Dog
The American Spaniel is a form
of ‘working’ dog. It makes a good animal
in the home, or it can be a hunting, or ‘gun,’
dog. American Spaniels exhibit less dominance than
English females, and tend to avoid challenging authority
figures. The American breed is lively, playful,
and devoted; however, they need to be socialized
well as puppies, otherwise they will develop a shy
personality in later years. American Spaniels are
seen as good companion animals for children and
American Cocker Spaniels are very
popular. A potential owner needs to purchase this
breed from a reputable breeder to ensure that the
dog’s temperament is compatible with young
children. If an American Spaniel pup has not been
bred well, it will exhibit unexpected temperament
shifts and behavior problems, including viciousness
caused by shyness and fear. In addition, the dog
may aggressively guard objects or people and display
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
American Spaniels are suited to an indoor lifestyle
if they receive house training and obedience training
as puppies. Spaniels are also comfortable in the
outdoors due to being bred as outdoor ‘working’
How to take care of the
Cocker Spaniel Puppies?
Care must be given when a potential owner (guardian)
is looking to acquire a Cocker Spaniel puppy.
puppy should never be purchased from a pet
store; a reputable breeder will not sell Cocker
puppies outright to a pet store as pet stores
are notorious for purchasing puppies (not
just Spaniels) from puppy ‘mills.’
Breeders and Spaniel owners recommend that
a puppy be obtained when it is between eight
and ten weeks old.
After six weeks, a Spaniel pup
will be eating solid food, but, more importantly,
it is more able to leave its litter at the minimum
age of eight weeks than the standard six weeks.
American Cocker Spaniels should be trained very
gently, yet firmly. American Spaniels are known
to be sensitive, independent, and intelligent.
The Spaniel breed is intelligent;
yet, during training, it may give up easily if the
dog feels that it cannot please its owner. Any person
training an American Cocker Spaniel needs to be
aware that the dog is happy when the authority figure
is happy; however, if a trainer becomes frustrated
and gives up the training effort, the dog will follow
Trainers should keep housebreaking
and obedience training simple and brief, with repeat
attempts made frequently, before much time passes.
If an American Cocker Spaniel is trained with pressure
or punishment, they will perceive training as a
negative experience, and the overall training effort
will fail. The Spaniel needs to be encouraged to
repeat a training task; then, the training should
How active is the breed?
The American Cocker Spaniel, like the English breed,
has a great deal of strength and stamina; it responds
well to regular exercise such as walking, chasing,
or ‘fetching’ activity.
The American Spaniel needs to have
a regular eye cleaning to prevent mucous build up
or tearing. If the coat is kept long, regular brushing,
shampooing, and clipping will be required. If the
coat is maintained at medium or short lengths, trimming
will be required less frequently.
A healthy male American Spaniel
measures an average of fifteen and one half inches
in height. A female measures an average of fourteen
and one half inches in height. Both males and females
weigh an average of fifteen to thirty pounds.
The American Spaniel may develop
eye diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma. Other
health concerns are hip dysplasia and cardiomyopathy.
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National Breed Club
In the United States, this breed
is represented by The American Spaniel Club, Inc.
This organization can be reached via the internet
The American Cocker Spaniel is recognized by The
Kennel Club in the United Kingdom and The American
Kennel Club in the sporting breed classification
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