The silky coat is short on the head, medium on body, feathery on ears, chest, belly, and legs.
Merry and affectionate, the English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent family companion due to its even disposition and trainability. Whether working in the field or at home lounging on their owner’s bed, their tails rarely stop wagging. The breed can live in any environment provided it receives daily exercise. Their medium-long coat does take some care, including brushing and regular stripping or clipping.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Some owners prefer to bring their dogs to a professional groomer for upkeep of the moderate coat. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Special attention must be paid to the dog’s long ears, keeping them clean and neatly trimmed. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The saying “A face only a mother could love” definitely doesn’t apply to the English Cocker. They are famous for their so-called “melting expression”: A soft, dewy-eyed look that could warm even the coldest heart. The English Cocker is the Lindsay Vonn of dogs: a world-class athlete who can hold her own on the red carpet. Merry and affectionate, the English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent family companion due to its even disposition and trainability. Whether working in the field or at home lounging on their owner’s bed, their tails rarely stop wagging.
English Cocker Spaniel &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of English Cocker Spaniels are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a English Cocker Spaniel can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.