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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

Shedding Amount

 Younger Children


Active Lifestyle


Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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American Cocker Spaniel Personality, Temperament And Information

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Cocker Spaniel Personality

The American Cocker is a smaller sized dog than its English namesake  and has a wonderful temperament and boundless energy.

 They are great dogs for families as well as single people and really love being with humans, being more likely to wag their tail and welcome a stranger than they are to act aggressively or protectively. This is probably one of the best dog breeds for children of all ages.

Differences between American and English Cocker Spaniels

American Cocker Spaniels And English Cocker SpanielsThe most obvious difference can be seen in the head shapes.

 The American has a domed skull with a well pronounced stop with more clearly defined eyebrows than the longer shallower skull of the English Cocker.

The American Cocker also has a more lustrous coat than that of the English, which though still thick isn’t as long as that of the American’s.

The English Cocker Spaniel is slightly larger, than the American, which was bred to flush smaller birds such as quail.

The English Cocker Spaniel retains more of a hunting instinct than the American and is a quicker learner.

Shedding: Moderate shed

Grooming: Weekly brushing with a trim every few months

Children: The Cocker Spaniel personality is happy, friendly and enthusiastic, being great with adults and children alike They adore children and are a good size for kids to handle.

Protection level: Will bark a warning, but is more likely to lick an intruder to death

Health: Cockers are susceptible to a number of health concerns including eye disorders and painful defects of the hips and knees

Group: Sporting

Size: Medium  

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Avg Height: 13-15”  

Avg Weight: 24-28 lbs

Life span: 10-13 yrs

 Coat Type:Well feathered body and legs, with smooth fine wavy hair

Colouration: solid colours except black, part-colours

American Cocker Spaniel Information and Breed  Notes

The Cocker Spaniel Personality Is Happy, Affectionate, Exuberant And Gentle

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The American Cocker Spaniel derives from the English Cocker Spaniel that was brought over to America during the late 19th Century to flush game birds for the hunt. English Cockers however were deemed slightly too large for American hunters who preferred to hunt small game birds such as quail and whilst the development of the smaller American variety is somewhat vague, the first true American Cocker Spaniel was born circa1880.

Initially these two Cocker varieties were considered to be the same breed, but were officially separated by the AKC in 1935, leading  to a massive surge in popularity for the American variety. Today American Cocker Spaniels are one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S.A

Comparable Breeds

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Cavalier King Charles




English Cocker spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Do You Have An American Cocker Spaniel? We would love love to hear your story, why not upload a picture and share your experiences, tell us why they are your favourite breed. Do You Have A Related Question? - Just ask and we will be happy to help .

With popularity comes breed warnings, poorly bred Cockers are snappy and afraid of people, search out sincere, dedicated breeders who really care about maintaining the breed.

Finding  a reputable breeder , sourcing puppies with a good lineage, never going to a backyard breeder and ensuring that you understand why pet insurance is so important will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Ideal American Cocker Spaniel Owner's Are active and affectionate families with plenty of time for energetic walks, play and grooming. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

English Cocker spaniel