Non-sporting Breeds

English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 15 -17 in (39-42.5cm) Bitch: 15-16 in (38-41 cm)
Weight: 28-32 lb (12.5-14.5kg)
Coat: Flat and silky
Color: Various; self (pure) colors, no white allowed on chest

The Cocker Spaniel is also called the Merry Cocker because of its wagging tail. It originated in Spain (the word "spaniel" comes from Espagnol, meaning Spanish). Spaniels have been known since the 14th century and were used in falconry. In the 19th century, the breed came into its own in the task of flushing out woodcock and small game, and became known as the cocking or Cocker Spaniel. The English Cocker Spaniel is a gentle and popular pet, as well as being a first-class gundog, which is able both to flush out and retrieve. It needs careful brushing and combing every day, and immense care must be taken to dislodge any mud that may have become caked in its paws or its ears. Some owners gently peg back their spaniel's ears when it is eating.
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