Everyone loves the Cocker Spaniel. These are sweet dogs that do very well with just about any family living in just about any size house or apartment. They're not large at all, so they'll fit in a variety of places. Originally from Spain and bred go bird hunting, Cocker Spaniels now mostly enjoy home life, playing in the back yard or at the park. This breed is gentle and kind and does very well with small children. They're silky and smooth, fun to pet, fluffy, and adorable. That's why we say everyone loves the Cocker. They're a great family pet all around.
Continue reading to learn more about Cocker Spaniels, dogs with happy and sweet dispositions that make great family pets.
Popularity: Quite popular.
Trainability: Cocker Spaniels love to please their masters. They behave well in order to please, so it's not far fetched to say that this isn't a terribly challenging breed of dog to train. Of course, like any dog breed, socialize and begin training as early as possible, but in general, the Cocker Spaniel won't give you any issues when it's time to train. They respond well to voice commands and correction and it can actually be counterproductive to use any means that are harsher than that. Try training in agility and other activities to see what your Cocker enjoys most.
Size/Weight: Medium sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 25-35 pounds.
Origin Location/Date: The Cocker Spaniel was first bred in England and may have had names other than the one it has today. The dog was brought to North America in the 1800s and has been recognized as a distinct breed since the 1930.
Energy Level: Cocker Spaniels are moderately energetic, but do require long daily walks. They'll only tire after a good amount of exercise, so keep going until your Cocker says it's enough. This is especially true when they're puppies. They love to play in open areas such as a large back yard or a park, so find a safe place to let them run.
Temperament: The Cocker Spaniel is a merry, lively, intelligent and trusting dog. It just may be the perfect family pet. While the breed does retain a strong hunting instinct, it enjoys being at home with family the most. When this breed is around friends and family, it's generally docile and full of affection. When it's around strangers though, you'll find the dog or puppy slightly reserved. Just until it warms up to the stranger though. Then it will return to its normal self. Cocker Spaniels are very companionable and are great with children, so they do make a wonderful family dog. They're also good with other animals, such as cats and other friendly dogs.
Necessary Space: Since this is a medium sized dog that's not overly energetic, it does well in smaller apartments and houses. Of course it'll need it's daily exercise and walks, but you won't need to live in a mansion or a farm to own this dog.
Talents: Cocker Spaniels are wonderful at playing fetch, joining their owners for a nice walk or going to the park and spending time with people in general. It's definitely a people pleaser dog, so use that to your advantage. Spend time playing and exercising together.
Life Expectancy: 10-14 years.
Group: Sporting group.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Cocker Spaniel puppy and dog: happy, sweet, gentle disposition, great with families, great with kids, silky, beautiful, docile, playful, kind, adorable, warm and good in apartments, people pleaser.