Non-sporting Breeds

American Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniel
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 14 -15 in (36.5-39cm) Bitch: 13 - 14 in (34-36.5cm)
Weight: 24-28 lb (11-12.5kg)
Coat: Short and fine on head, medium length on body, with enough undercoat to give protection
Color: Black or jet black, with shadings of brown or liver in sheen of coat undesirable; black and tan, or brown and tan, with definite tan markings on jet black or brown body; particolors and tricolors

The name of the American Cocker Spaniel is derived from the predilection of the English Cockers for "cocking," or hunting woodcock. The breed was of Spanish origin, but the American Cocker can be traced back to an English-bred bitch, Obo Obo, brought over from Britain in the 1880s. The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, formed in 1935, helped establish the breed. It is distinguished by its small stature-suited to the lighter New World game birds-shorter head, and extremely dense coat. This smallest of American gundogs, and the most popular breed in the country, was recognized by the AKC in 1946 as the American Cocker Spaniel. For many years the American Cocker was shown exclusively in the ring. Recently, however, field trials have been reintroduced. The American Cocker has a much thicker coat than the English Cocker and elegant trousers. It is a useful, all-purpose gundog, able both to flush out and retrieve. It is a popular show dog, makes a fine housepet, and is usually good with children. The American Cocker needs plenty of exercise, daily brushing and combing, and if it is the desire to exhibit, fairly intricate trimming using scissors and electric clippers.
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