English Cocker Spaniel

People who want a more robust cocker, maybe even a hunting partner, will prefer me over my American cousin. English cockers are larger than the American breed, standing 15 to 17 inches tall and weighing 26 to 34 pounds, with a notably larger head. I do have the same cheerful, social quality of a cocker. I’m playful and affectionate with everyone and love to be close to family. I don’t like being left alone.

I’ve retained more of my hunting instinct, so I require more exercise than an American cocker. A long leash walk, jaunty run, or spirited game every day will keep me settled. I can adapt well to apartment living and am a good choice for new dog owners.

My coloring may be parti-color (white with black, liver, or red); solid black, liver, or red; black and tan; or liver and tan. To keep in top form, my lush coat should be brushed every other day—more often if I’m in the field. My feathered legs can be trimmed to avoid matting. Clipping should be done every 2 months. Check my ears regularly for signs of infection.

Retinal atrophy is a primary health concern for me. Hip dysplasia, cataracts, and familial nephropathy are less common risks. Glaucoma and cardiomyopathy can also occur, as can retinal atrophy. Dogs with parti-color coats have a high risk of deafness. With proper nutrition and care, I’ll be a faithful companion at home or in the fields for 12 to 14 years.