Originally bred from English Cocker Spaniels imported to the United States, this American form has been recognized as a separate breed since the 1940s. The American Cocker Spaniel was developed as a gundog, to take smaller game than its English counterpart, such as quail. Although shorter in stature, this should not be viewed principally as a pet dog. You will need to give these spaniels plenty of exercises.
Origins: United States
Coat Type/Colour: profuse; wide variety
Height: 15 inch (38 cm)
Weight: 24 -28 lb (10.9 – 12.7 kg)
Nature: Friendly; Easy to trian
The coat of the American Cocker is another distinguishing feature, being more profuse compared with the English form of the Cocker Spaniel. As as result, it needs extra care, and will benefit from a regular trim every two months or so. Regular inspection of the ears is also to be recommended, to minimize the risk of infections developing here. The upper part of the ear canal can be wiped over with damp cotton wool, but never be tempted to probe down into the canal itself. If your dog appears to be scratching at its ear repeatedly, your veterinarian will be able to inspect the canal and prescribe an appropriate medication.
In terms of temperament, the American Cocker Spaniel usually proves easy to train and makes a good family pet. These spaniels are also available in a wide range of colours, ranging from solid colours such as black, chocolate or red, to tri-coloured and mixed parti-coloured forms. In the case of the solid colours, it is generally permitted to have a few white markings on the throat and chest, although, preferably, these should not be present. Certainly, small white areas elsewhere on the body will be penalized in the show ring.