English Cocker Spaniel

The English cocker spaniel commonly referred to as ‘cocker’ is one out of two breeds of cocker spaniel once recognized for its hunting instincts is now one of the most adored and loving pooches out there. Discover more about our English Cocker Spaniel puppies for sale below!

History of Breed

English Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs in the United Kingdom. The term “cocker” deriving from their use to hunt the Eurasian woodcock. When the English Cocker Spaniel was brought to the United States, it was bred to a different standard, which enabled it to specialize in hunting the American Woodcock. Over the years this breed of dog has won the hearts of families and remains very popular in the United States.

Personality and Temperament

The English Cocker Spaniel is a very outgoing, personable, smart, and loyal dog. They have warm personalities and approachable demeanors. They do well with families of all dynamics and tend to adapt well to their living environment. The English Cocker Spaniel also trains well, especially when his owner utilizes positive reinforcement training techniques. They are very approachable and tend to make fantastic family pets.

Appearance and Grooming

The English Cocker Spaniel’s coat does require daily care to look its best. Daily brushing using a pin brush tends to yield best results. Keeping your English Cocker Spaniel looking and feeling his best by providing him with a warm bath every four to five weeks is advised.

Care and Feeding

The English Cocker Spaniel is a semi-active dog and does need ample amounts of energy to look and feel their best. The correct ratio of meat-based protein and micronutrients, as well as healthy carbs and fats, will keep this breed healthy. Many English Cocker Spaniel owners recommend feeding this dog two meals a day, spaced about twelve hours apart. It is also very important to remember to provide your dog with proper dental care. It is suggested that his teeth get cleaned a minimum of three times a week. Failing to keep his teeth clean can contribute to health issues.

Breed Size and Life Expectancy

The English Cocker Spaniel stands between fourteen to seventeen inches tall.
This breed weighs between one hundred twenty-six and thirty-five pounds.
The average life expectancy for this breed is between twelve and fifteen years.
Interesting Breed Facts
Fact: The English Cocker Spaniel is a very smart breed of dog and is ranked in the top twenty smartest dog breeds.
Fact: As puppies the English Cocker Spaniel can be very active but is known to calm down upon reaching two to three years old.
Fact: English Cocker Spaniel does train best when training is introduced as a puppy.


Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions about the English Cocker Spaniel

  1. Do English Cocker Spaniel shed a lot?

English cockers shed moderately, but most often in the spring and fall. During these periods of shedding, it’s important to brush more frequently until there is less fur on the brush. 

  1. Are English Cocker Spaniel good watchdogs?

Cockers make for excellent watchdogs and are very much aware of their surroundings. They will be sure to alert their owner once intruders are spotted or picked up on, but the spotter is not an aggressive dog and will hardly bit anyone. 

  1. How tall do English Cocker Spaniel get?

For male cockers, an average height of about 39cm and 36cm for females. 

  1. How much do grown English Cocker Spaniel weigh?

The average English cocker spaniel is about 7-14kg. Both male and female and This range is considered normal. 

  1. What is the lifespan of the English Cocker Spaniel?

The English cocker spaniel has a lifespan of about 12-15years. 

  1. Are English cockers hard to train?

Cockers are quite easy to train even for novices. Cockers require a companion and activity. They don’t tend to do well when punished as they can be quite sensitive. 

  1. How much exercise does an English Cocker need?

An English cocker spaniel needs about 3hours of exercise per day as it’s quite an active dog that loves to roam. 

  1. What are the common health issues Cockers face?

Some of the health challenges that English cockers may experience are most notably hip dysplasia, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.

  1. Do English Cocker Spaniels do well around children and the home?

The cocker spaniel is regarded as one of the most intelligent dogs to have around. That being said, it does particularly well around children and the family. Very fun loving and fits right into the family. 

  1. Is it better to get a male or female English Cocker?

This decision is particularly up to the owner. Both have their pros and cons. 

Petland is honored to offer first-class English Cocker Spaniel puppies and our caring team of puppy specialists will help answer any questions you may have.