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Breed: English Cocker Spaniel
Country of Origin: England
AKC Group: Sporting
Function: hunting
Life Span: 12-15 years
Appearance: Medium-sized
Color: solid black, liver or red or parti-color combinations of white with black, liver or red markings or ticking.
Coat Type: Field dogs have shorter coats, show dogs have longer coats
Grooming: Regular combing and brushing of the coat is important. Some coats are particularly profuse, cottony and prone to matting. Others are more silky and flat-laying. Coat type varies substantially within the breed. Bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. Check the ears for grass seeds and signs of infection. Clean out excess wax regularly. Brush the hair on the feet down over the toes and trim it level with the base of the feet. Trim the hair around the pads, but not between the toes. Brush out burrs and tangles after the dog has been playing in the grassy fields or woods.
Height: 14-17 inches
Weight: 26-34 pounds
Activity Level: Medium-high
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Yes
Good With Strangers: Ok
Character: Lively
Home Environment: Apartment ok if sufficiently exercised
Best Owner:  
Potential Problems:  
Physical: Prone to ear infections. During the summer, the ears should be checked often. Hanging close to the ground as they do, they can become host to ticks or burr, often the cause of deafness.