The American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel

When a dog is happy, only its tail should be wagging. Seldom will you come across a dog that wags its entire body. The American Cocker Spaniel has one only motive in life- to please its family. They get so happy when they see people they love that they start wagging their tails with so much vigour that it feels like the entire body is wagging.

One of the best family dogs you could ever have, this breed of Cocker Spaniels are lively, playful and devoted and thrive on human companionship. If you leave them alone for too long, they get lonely and start looking at things around them for entertainment. There are times when they might even resort to urination to convey their distress and unhappiness. Sensitive by nature, these Spaniels are always looking to do things that will please you. Their sensitive nature needs to be taken into account while training them. Fairly easy to train, you will seldom come across any difficulty is teaching them the commands. You might, however, experience some challenge is housebreaking them. The key here is to be gentle in the face of any challenging scenario.

The American Cocker Spaniels make for good watchdogs; they are more likely to make friends with the intruder than scare them off. They will start barking, nevertheless, but once they know the intruder poses no threat, they are happy to make friends. To prevent the Cocker Spaniels from growing up to be shy and timid dogs, introduce them to people outside of their family during their puppyhood. The Cocker Spaniel dogs get along fabulously with other house pets and older responsible children.

The Spaniels are prone to gain some extra weight, so you might want to keep an eye on them, lest they steal food and devour it…they are also very likely to catch ear infections, so when you groom them you could also clean out their ears…

 

Appearance:

Average Height-

Identifying Features-

Average Weight-

18-28 lbs

 

Care & Health:

– Major concerns: cataracts, glaucoma, patellar luxation

– Minor concerns: CHD, ectropion, entropion, PRA, allergies, seborrhea, lip fold pyoderma, otitis externa, liver disease, urolithiasis, prolapse of nictitans gland, CHF, phosphofructokinase deficiency, cardiomyopathy

– Occasionally seen: gastric torsion, elbow dysplasia

– Suggested tests: eye, knee, DNA for phosphofructokinase deficiency, (hip)

– Life span: 12 – 15 years

– Grooming: To avoid tangles and matting, the coat should be brushed for about 15 min twice a week.

 

History:

The American Cocker Spaniel traces its roots back to the Spanish dogs of the 14th century, who were then used for hunting birds. This breed of Spanish dogs were then refined and then introduced to England in the late 1800s. A smaller breed of the English Cocker Spaniel was developed and then introduced to America; the first Cocker Spaniel ever to be introduced to the United States.

The AKC first recognized the Cocker Spaniel breed in 1878 and it wasn’t until the 1930s that the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel were recognized as two separate breeds. As of 2007, the American Cocker Spaniel’s popularity ranked 17th out of 157 breeds.

 

 

 

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