Officially, in Britain, the Kennel Club recognizes this dog breed just as the Cocker Spaniel, but as American breeders sometimes refer to their breed under the same name, this designation has been made to avoid possible confusion. The description of ‘cocker’ probably originated from the use of these dogs in the hunting of woodcock, which were considered something of a delicacy. Regional differences played a part in the development of the spaniel breeds in Britain, with the Cocker itself evolving in parts of Wales and south-west England.
Origins: Wales; South-West England
Coat Type/Colour: Silky; Wide Variety
Height: 16 – 18 Inch (40.5 – 45.5 cm)
Weight: 55 – 70 lb (25 – 31.8 kg)
Nature: Sociable, Sometims Aggressive
In spite of their popularity as pets, Cocker Spaniels still retain a strong desire to work and today they are often used to scent and flush rabbits. They can also be taught to retrieve game after it has been shot. Cocker Spaniels enjoy human company and are generally keen to please, so training presents no particular problems. However, there has been a tendency for some unpleasant behavioural characteristics to develop within certain bloodlines, which can be reflected in unexpected aggressive outbursts. Responsible breeders have sought to eliminate this problem, but puppies of unknown origin may present more of a risk in this respect. English Cockers are available in a wide range of colours, like their American counterpart.