American Cocker Spaniel (or Cocker Spaniel as it is called
in the USA) shares the same ancestry as the English Cocker
Spaniel until the late 1880s. At that time, a stud named
Obo II came to the United States where he attracted a
great many fanciers. Soon after, changes began to occur
and there emerged two distinct types of Cockers. One
retained the original longer-bodied, heavier conformation,
the second was lighter, with a shorter back, longer legs
and heavier coat. Efforts were made to distinguish the two
breeds and in 1947, the newer variety was officially
called the Cocker Spaniel (American) and the original was
renamed the English Cocker Spaniel. This breed loves to
play in the water and outdoors, and would be happiest with
an active family in either the city or country.
- 15.5" (36.8 - 36.8cm) for dogs, 13.5 - 14.5"
(34.3 - 34.3cm) for bitches
- 28 lbs (10.7 - 12.5 kg)
The silky coat may be straight or slightly wavy and is
most profuse on the legs and underside. Colors may be any
solid color or parti-color which is white with any other
well-defined color. Regular grooming is necessary as may
be some trimming.
The Cocker Spaniel is well-known and loved for its happy,
friendly personality. He is an exuberant and outgoing dog.
Epilepsy is highly suspected to have a genetic component
in this breed.
This breed ranked as the most popular dog for some 15
years in the 40s and 50s, and still remains in the top 10
AKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
KC: Sporting - Gundog Group
FCI: Group 8
Group 3 - Gundogs