meet theEnglish Cocker Spaniel


Training &Temperament

English Cockers enjoy activities with their owners, whether it’s a walk in the park or on the beach, fetching tennis balls, running agility courses or hunting—after which they are quite content to relax next to their people. They’re responsive to praise and respect, and they don’t forget it if they are treated harshly, so gentle training will result in a happy, steady dog.

  • Children


    90% agree

  • Other Pets



  • Training


    100% agree

  • Time Alone


    33% agree

Did You Know?

The English Cocker Spaniel was recognized as a separate breed by the American Kennel Club in 1946.

The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America was formed in 1935 to promote the interest of the English Cocker, which had already been recognized as a variety of Cocker Spaniel but not a separate breed.

As late as the early 20th century (after their official breed separation in England), the distinction between English Cockers and Springer Spaniels was one of height only; otherwise, Cocker and Springer developed side-by-side, born in the same litters.

The immediate aim of the ECSCA was to discourage the interbreeding of English and American varieties of Cocker Spaniel.

For quite some time, English and American Cockers competed against each other in the show ring, even after the official American separation was made.

Not until January 1947 did breed registrations for the ECS appear in the Stud Book under their own heading.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & Tan 018
Black & White 019
Black White & Tan 034
Blue Roan 053
Blue Roan & Tan 054
Golden 093
Lemon Roan 289
Liver 123
Liver & Tan 124
Liver & White 125
Liver Roan 126
Liver Roan & Tan 122
Liver White & Tan 127
Orange & White 134
Orange Roan 136
Red 140
Red Roan 223
Lemon & White 115
Red & White 146
Sable 164
Sable & Tan 290
Sable & White 165


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Tan Markings 012
Ticked 013
White Markings 014