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English Cocker Spaniel

Family: gundog, spaniel
Area of origin: England
Original function: bird flushing and retrieving
Average size of male: Ht: 16-17, Wt: 28-34
Average size of female: Ht: 15-16, Wt: 26-32
Other names: cocker spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel Dog Temperament

The English cocker spaniel retains more of her hunting nature than does the American version, and she also needs a little more exercise. She is cheerful, inquisitive, demonstrative, devoted, biddable, loyal and sensitive. This is a sociable dog that likes to stay close to her human family.

English Cocker Spaniel Dog Care

Daily exercise is a necessity, either in the form of a long walk on leash, a good run in the field or a lively game in the yard. The English cocker is such a social dog that she does best living inside and playing outside. The medium-length coat needs brushing two to three times per week, plus clipping around the head and ears scissoring around the feet and tail every two months. The ears should be cleaned weekly.

English Cocker Spaniel Dog Health

Major concerns: PRA
Minor concerns: cataracts, CHD, familial nephropathy
Occasionally seen: glaucoma, cardiomyopathy
Suggested tests: hearing (for particolors), eye, hip, (knee)
Life span: 12-14 years
Note: deafness is a major concern in particolors; CHD is more common in solid colors; PRA is of PRCD type

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