Dog breed: American cocker spaniel

Origins

The American Cocker spaniel is a variation of the Cocker, sometimes called English Cocker, Spaniel. The Cocker Spaniel was brought to America from England and selectively bred. At one time the English and American Cocker Spaniels were considered the same breed. Later it was decided that they should be considered two different breeds after it was established that the American Cocker Spaniel was smaller and of a different conformation to the Cocker Spaniel. The American Cocker Spaniel was bred as a bird dog and the name Cocker comes from the Woodcock. This is a bird that Spaniels are quite good at flushing out. Though the Cocker Spaniel was originally bred as a hunting dog it is primarily used as a pet and for a show dog. However, they are also used today for hunting, agility, service and therapy dogs as well as tracking.

Description

The American Cocker Spaniel is a little bit different than it’s English cousin in appearance. The American version is smaller in size and lacks the Setter like face. The head piece is usually the most stunning feature of the dog. It’s ears should be long, hanging and feathered. The Head should be rounded but chiseled to an abrupt stop. The muzzle and jaw is the shape of a square. The upper lip hangs down completely covering the lower jaw. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The color of a Cocker’s nose depends on color. In black dogs it must always be black but can come in brown as well in other colors. The eyes are round and usually dark. The Cocker sports a short back and compact package. The topline should gently slope from front to back. The front legs should be straight and all dewclaws should be removed. The coat should be silky and long if it is not cut. Show dogs must wear thier hair long but many owners find a short haircut to be easy maintenance for pet dogs. Field, or working lines usually have shorter coats than show lines. The coat comes in black, buff, parti-color, black and tan and several other solid colors. The tail should be docked to 2/5 the original length. The dog should have a happy appearance with a constantly wagging tail. The American Cocker Spaniel stands 14 to 15 inches tall and weighs 15-30 pounds.

Temperament

The American Cocker Spaniel is a hunting dog and will be happy dashing through the Fields after birds but just as happy curled up by the fire. As with most breeds that have working

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