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English Cocker Spaniel

Size: Medium

Weight: 26 - 34 lbs.

Height: 15" - 17"

Life Span: 10 - 14 years

Health Problems: Progressive retinal atrophy; glaucoma; cataracts; deafness; ear infections; undescended testicles

Origin: England

Also Known As: Cocker Spaniel

Group: Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Cocker Spaniel is an active dog that will require a long day walk and / or play session.

Grooming Needs

The Cocker Spaniel needs brushed several times per week, as well as groomed / trimmed every 3 - 4 months. The long ears tend to accumulate dirt and will need cleaned daily.


The Cocker Spaniel is a sweet-natured, gentle, cheerful and sensitive dog that is amiable to everyone. The breed makes a good family dog because it gets along extremely well with children, especially if socialized early. Cocker Spaniels tend to perform well during obedience training, but do not make good watchdogs. Cocker Spaniels have a tendency to bark.

Compatibility with Kids

Great with children.


The Cocker Spaniel was developed in the 1800s to hunt woodcocks. Although similar to the American Cocker Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel is the more popular of the two breeds (outside of the U.S.).