Cocker Spaniel Puppies for Sale
The Cocker Spaniel breed is know to be merry, exceedingly loyal, and affectionate. They do well with children and other dogs. They are natural hunters and wanderers, so it’s smart to keep your dog leashed.
While these dogs make excellent companion dogs, they retain strong hunting instincts that make them fond of playing fetch. They also require plenty of vigorous outdoor exercise to keep them healthy and calm.
For decades, Spaniels were sorted by weight. Bigger Spaniels were known as Springers, and smaller ones were Cockers. However, as the breeds progressed, more distinct differences began appearing. As far back as the 1800’s, selective breeding programs worked to develop a distinctly American breed. But it wasn’t until 1946 that the Cocker Spaniel as we know it today was recognized as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club.
- Country of Origin: USA
- Weight: 16 - 30 lbs
- Height: 14 - 15 inches
- Color: The American Kennel Club lists several acceptable color types. Black Variety Cockers are black with tan points with small amounts of white on occasion. Another type is “Any Solid Color Other than Black” (ASCOB.) While the most common color is buff, these pups range from the lightest cream to darkest red, including brown with tan points, and a small amount of white on the chest. The Parti-Color Variety features a broken color and white. Roans are parti-colored.
Cocker Spaniel puppies are active and enthusiastic. These loving pets are rarely aggressive and do very well with children of all ages.
Like many hunting breeds, Cockers are intelligent and loyal, making them easy to train. They have a gentle nature and want to be close to their families, sleeping in the same rooms, sometimes even the same beds.
These hunting dogs also want lots of outdoor exercise and do well with a few brisk walks each day. Bored or inactive Cockers can become destructive chewers.
If you’re considering adopting a Cocker Spaniel puppy, make sure you understand this breed’s special health considerations. The average life expectancy is between 12-15 years. One of the most significant health risks is Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA). This condition is primarily found in females. Additional health concerns include:
- Ear Problems
- Eye Problems (Cataracts, Cherry Eye)
To minimize ear problems, clean ears each week with a clean, damp cloth. Do the same with eyes, taking care to remove discharge. All dogs should be kept current on all vaccinations and attend regular vet checkups.
Coat & Coat Care
These pups have a short, smooth hair on their faces and a soft, longer coat on the ears and body. Many feature longer feathering on the legs.
This long, beautiful coat is easily tangled or matted. Weekly and thorough brushing will maintain their silky coat. Some owners give them a close crop for a sportier look and to reduce grooming time.
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