Due to its characteristics and qualities, the English Cocker Spaniel demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Woodcock pigeon hunter". The origin of the English Cocker Spaniel dog breed was in United Kingdom (England) where it was developed in the 1800's.
English Cocker Spaniel Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1945): The English Cocker Spaniel is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1945).
Other names for the English Cocker Spaniel: The English Cocker Spaniel is known by the nickname of the "Woodcock pigeon hunter". Other names for this breed of dog include the Cocker, Cocker Spaniel and Merry Cocker.
Origin of the name: The word "Cocker" relates to the dog's skill in hunting Woodcock pigeons. The name 'spaniel' originated in Spain and referred to a surname meaning "Spaniard". It was then transferred as a name for a breed of dog supposedly of Spanish origin. The spanial breed was extensively developed in Great Britain in the 1600's, but the name retained its Spanish connotation.
English Cocker Spaniel History and Origin: The country of origin of the English Cocker Spaniel breed was in United Kingdom (England) during the 1800's. The English Cocker Spaniel was bred to use air scent to assist men as a Hunting Dog to flush and retrieve birds and small game.
The dog was trained to direct, or point the hunter to the quarry who then used weapons or nets to catch birds, such as woodcock pigeons and grouse, or small animals such as rabbits and squirrels. The English Cocker Spaniel also helped the hunter by startling, or flushing, birds from their cover.
The small, tenacious dogs were able search hedge rows, and go through brambles and other bushes to flush the birds out into the open. With the introduction of fast loading firearms in the 1770's the English Cocker Spaniel made the successful transition to the role of a Gun Dog. The English Cocker Spaniel was exported to the United States in the 1800's and American dog breeders developed the breed to a different standard and the American Cocker Spaniel was born.
English Cocker Spaniel Modern History: The modern history of the English Cocker Spaniel moved on and the English Cocker Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1946. During the 1990's dog breeders began to combine the attributes of the Cocker Spaniel with other breeds to develop the so-called 'Designer Dogs'. The Cocker Spaniel was cross bred with the Poodle to produce the Cockapoo and the Cocker Spaniel and the Yorkshire Terrier were cross bred to produce the Corky. The English Cocker Spaniel is suited to life as a family pet or a working gundog.
English Cocker Spaniel History - "Flush": Flush was the name of the English cocker spaniel owned by the famous English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861).
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an invalid and confined to the house for many years. During this time she acquired a love of poetry and wrote her famous poem simply called ' To Flush, My Dog '. Her love of poetry lead her to meet another famous English poet called Robert Browning. They fell in love and married despite the objections of her strict father.
English Cocker Spaniel Height: The English Cocker Spaniel breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 15 - 17 inches (38 - 43 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41 cm).
English Cocker Spaniel Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 28-34 pounds (13 - 16 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 26 - 32 pounds (12 - 15 kg).
English Cocker Spaniel Coat Type: The coat type is described as varied coat (smooth/flat or wavy).
English Cocker Spaniel Coat Colors: The colors of the English Cocker Spaniel dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Solid Black, Solid Red, Black & Tan, Black & White, Blue Roan, Blue Roan, Tan and Liver Roan and Orange Roan. N.B. The word "Blue" is used to describe a cool-toned, metallic gray color. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.
The roan coat of a main color is thickly interspersed with hairs of another color, typically black mixed with white. The word "liver" signifies any shade from yellow to brown.
English Cocker Spaniel Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the English Cocker Spaniel is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the English Cocker is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.
English Cocker Spaniel Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 6-8 puppies. English Cocker Spaniel puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of English Cocker Spaniel puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
English Cocker Spaniel Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular English Cocker Spaniel dog breed is described as Warmhearted, Faithful, Intelligent, Affectionate and Loyal .
English Cocker Spaniel Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The English Cocker Spaniel requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a strident, well coordinated gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
English Cocker Spaniel Diet: A fully grown English Cocker Spaniel should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
English Cocker Spaniel Health Problems: Potential health problems of the English Cocker Spaniel breed include Eye Infections, cataracts, Ear Infections. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the English Cocker Spaniel dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
English Cocker Spaniel Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the English Cocker Spaniel breed is 12-14 years.
English Cocker Spaniel Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the English Cocker Spaniel breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male English Cocker Spaniel names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Dinky *** Fred *** Munchkin *** Teenie *** Bailey *** Toby *** Duke *** Lucky *** Buster *** Cody *** Buster.
English Cocker Spaniel Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female English Cocker Spaniel names are Babykins *** Brandy *** Lady *** Sasha *** Abby *** Rina *** Girlie *** Sweetie *** Foxy *** Ladybug.