The Cocker Spaniel

Gentle and affectionate, yet full of life and exuberance

23,927 puppies registered last year

Health

Lifespan: Over 10 years
+ DETAILED HEALTH INFO

Size

Medium
38-41 cms
13-14.5kg

Energy

Somewhat Active
Needs exercising  Around 1 hr per day

Character

Eager to please, good with children

Coat

Medium length
Sheds seasonally
Groom every day

Is a Cocker Spaniel right for you?

The Cocker Spaniel is part of the Gundog group who are often particularly affectionate dogs, having originally been bred to be co-operative and respond to human commands. First recognised as a distinct breed by the Kennel Club in 1893, it's name is derived from it's original function to hunt woodcock.

Today Cocker spaniels make great family pets as they are known for their happy temperament, and they are the third most popular pedigree breed registered with the Kennel Club, with over 23,000 puppies registered annually.working cocker spaniel jumping for a ball

When searching for the perfect puppy, it is worth noting that two distinct strains for this breed exist - the 'show' type, and the 'working' type. They differ in both appearance and temperament, and it is important to match the characteristics with your requirements. The show type tends to have a more domed head and lower set ears than the working type, and generally their coats are longer and need more grooming. The working type tends to have higher energy and stamina and therefore needs a high amount of exercise and mental stimulation. As well as being used in the field as gundogs, they can excel at sports like dog agility and flyball, and are often used as assistance dogs.

Any reputable breeder will be able to tell you which strain their puppies are from, and it will also be displayed on the pedigree certificate. Any dogs with FTCh at the start of their name are working strain (Field Trial Champions), and any with SHCh are show strain (Show Champions). It is also possible to have one parent as a show type and one parent as a working type as ultimately they are all the same breed - Cocker Spaniel.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES

show type Cocker Spaniel

The Show Type

Bred to conform to the Kennel Club breed standard, these are the dogs you will find at dog shows such as Crufts. 
SHOW PUPPY GALLERY
black and white working cocker spaniel standing in a field

The  working Type

Bred to maximise their ability to work as a gundog in the shooting field and other country pursuits.    
WORKING PUPPY GALLERY

Cocker Spaniel COLOURS

There are currently 26 different colours recognised by the Kennel Club in the breed standard for Cocker Spaniels. Solid colours: Black; red; golden; liver (chocolate); black and tan; liver and tan. No white allowed except a small amount on chest. Bicolours: Black and white; orange and white; liver and white; lemon and white. All with or without ticking. Tricolours: Black, white and tan; liver, white and tan. Roans: Blue roan; orange roan; lemon roan; liver roan; blue roan and tan; liver roan and tan. There is also a colour known as Sable, which was removed from the UK breed standard in 2011. The reason for the removal was because the sable gene is so dominant there were fears it could eventually wipe out the solid colours in a few generations.
EXAMPLES OF COLOURS FROM THE BREED STANDARD
Black
Red
Golden
Liver/Chocolate
Black & Tan
Liver & Tan
Black & White
Black & White Ticked
Orange & White
Orange & White Ticked
Liver & White
Liver & White Ticked
Lemon & White
Black White & Tan
Liver White & Tan
Blue Roan
Lemon Roan
Liver Roan
Orange Roan
Blue Roan & Tan
Liver Roan & Tan

Where to find more information

BREED CLUBS

Breed clubs are run by enthusiasts with a wealth of information and knowledge about their breeds. They can advise you on all aspects of owning their breed of dog, both the positives and the challenges, so if you want to know more about a breed, please do get in touch with them.

A full list of all the breed clubs can be found on the Kennel Club website, and a link to the national breed club can be found below.
VISIT THE Cocker Spaniel BREED CLUB

Cocker Spaniel OWNERS

Life with Cocker Spaniels as captured by their owners.
@adventures_of_fern_wcs
@dennis_thecocker
@louis.the.cockerspaniel
@madbuster
@kilithecocker
@spanners_with_bad_manners
@vickie_and_bria
@evolutionof_evie
@poppy_thecockerspaniel19
@life.with.olive
 Many owners document their dogs lives on Instagram - click on the image to view the Instagram page.

An insight into The Cocker Spaniel personality

We asked Cocker Spaniel owners to sum up their dogs' personality in a few words...  

Find a reputable Cocker Spaniel breeder

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Our breeder showcase highlights some of the best Cocker Spaniel breeders in the UK. If you are interested in finding a Cocker Spaniel puppy to be part of your family, please visit the breeder pages and get in touch with them today - remember, popular breeders will often have long waiting lists for their puppies.
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