Cocker Spaniel

I’ve been one of America’s most popular breeds for many years. My expressive face and merry disposition will tell you why. I’m an excellent family dog: playful, trusting, eager to please, and a friend to all. I’m a good choice for new dog owners and do well in an apartment. But you should know that I can sometimes be a barker!

I’m not a highly active breed, and a long daily walk will do me fine—although as a bird hunter I like to explore and may chase small animals. A good exercise session can be good for me, as I tend to become overweight. Resist my gentle pleading for treats!

We cockers are known for our lush coats, so be prepared for a major grooming commitment! I need brushing and combing every few days, particularly to avoid matting in my feathery ears and legs. Professional clipping should be done every 2 or 3 months. Alternatively, I can be clipped to a short “puppy trim.” Please also remember to check my ears regularly for signs of infection.

I generally weigh 24 to 28 pounds and stand 13 to 15 inches tall. My coloring ranges from solid black, light cream, red, or brown to parti-color (two or more, one being white).

With proper care I’ll be a beloved member of the family for 12 to 15 years, though I’m prone to a number of health problems. Major issues are cataracts, glaucoma, and kneecap luxation. Less common concerns are hip dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, skin conditions, liver disease, and cardiomyopathy.