General Information

Dog NameEnglish Cocker Spaniel
Other NamesCocker Spaniel
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSpaniel
Breed ForHunting Birds
Country of OriginUnited Kingdom (UK)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span14
Min Ideal Weight for male12
Max Ideal Weight for male14
Min Ideal Weight for female11
Max Ideal Weight for male14


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentPlayful, Friendly, Energetic
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyHigh
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyHigh
Office FriendlyHigh
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginEngland
Nicknames and Other NamesCocker Spaniel
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSpaniel
GroupGun dogs, Sporting Group
Bred forHunting birds
Recognized ByUKC, AKC, KC, CKC, ANKC, NZKC
Life Span12-14 years
Ideal WeightMale: 28-34 pounds
Female: 26-32 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 16-17 inches
Female: 15-16 inches
Fur TypeMedium length, dense, wavy, silky
Common ColorsBlack, Black White and Tan, Blue Roan,
Black and Tan, Golden, Liver,
Liver and Roan, Orange and White,
Lemon Roan, Red
MarkingsTan markings, White markings, Ticked
AvailabilityCommonly available
AchievementsFirst Cancer detecting dog
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToEnglish Springer Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel is also known as Cocker and the Merry Cocker are medium-sized dogs, easily recognized with their long curly ears and curly-coated body.

You cannot stop looking to this breed as they have a beautiful body and adorable eyes. Having an English Cocker Spaniel in your house is something to watch for your neighbors.

Origin And History

Spaniels are present from around many centuries and come in two types: Land Spaniel and Water Spaniel. English Cocker is a member of the land Spaniels. They were bred to hunt woodcock, a type of game bird.

Early in the 19th century the British breeders began dividing them into specific breeds: English Springer, Welsh Springer, Cocker, Field, Sussex, Clumber and Irish Water Spaniel.

The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America was founded in 1936 and became one of the very popular breeds in the U.S. But it is a more popular breed in the United Kingdom.

Are They Child Friendly?

English Cocker Spaniels are one of the most funloving and gentle dogs. They can be a good playmate to the children since they are energetic and active dogs.

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Like with every breed, both the dog and the baby should be taught on approaching each other. Your pet may hurt your child unintentionally while playing.

Behavioral Traits

English Cocker Spaniel is known for their happy and easy-going personalities. They are friendly with other animals and strangers too which make them a poor watchdogs. They love the company of human and will be thrilled when they get a chance to participate in family activities.

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The common mistake English Cocker Spaniel’s owner make is that they don’t give them the proper exercising period. The lack of exercise in these dogs may lead them to anxiety which results in barking, chewing and howling. English Cocker Spaniel is prone to have separation anxiety when they are left alone.

Barking is a common problem in Cockers. You will find your English Cocker barking even when they are not alone. English Cocker needs attention and will follow you everywhere you go.


English Cocker Spaniel is easy to train especially when the training involves food rewards. They are sensitive breed and will take it seriously when someone treats them harshly. Positive reinforcement is always a solution to train them.

Training 10 Week Old English Cocker Spaniel Puppy

Common Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesCataracts, Hip Dysplasia, Renal Failure,
Ear Infection, Cardiovascular Disorder,
Dental Problem
Vaccination RequiredCanine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza,
Rabies, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialHigh
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 8%
Fish Oil

The English Cocker Spaniel has an average life expectancy of 10-12 years. Not every breed are born healthy. The health issues depend upon factors like genetics and raising. However, they are prone to have diseases like skin disorders, cardiovascular disorder, immunological disorders, and infectious conditions.

Color Patterns

English Cocker Spaniel are found in various colors.

  • Black
  • Blue Roan
  • Orange Roan
  • Liver And White
  • Liver Roan
  • Liver And Tan
  • Golden


The English Cocker Spaniel gives birth to 6-8 puppies at a time. If you’re planning to buy an English Cocker Spaniel puppy then it will cost you around $900 – $1200.


These Spaniels are medium-sized dogs weighing up to 13-16 kg male and female weighs up to 12-15 kg relatively less than male dogs. The female English Cocker stands up to 14-16 inches whereas male English Cocker Spaniel stands up to 15-17 inches tall.

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