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American Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed

American Cocker Spaniel
Other Names: American Cocker

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Origin: United States of America

Breed Purpose: The American Cocker Spaniel was bred to retrieve Quail, Woodcock and other gaming birds. Also used in tracking and on the agility field.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Gundog

Height: Bitch 34cm-37cm., Dog 36cm-39cm.

Weight: Bitch 11kg-13kg., Dog 11kg-13kg.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

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Exercise Needs: The American Cocker Spaniel needs up to one and a half hours of exercise per day.

Diet & Feeding Needs: The American Cocker is not a fussy eater and they do not eat very much. A high quality food is required however if you intend to work the dog and to keep the dog in tip top condition.

Health Problems : Numerous problems including Hip Dysplasia, allergies, Seborrhoea, liver disease and Cardiomyopathy. Major concerns are Immune Mediated Itemolytic Anemia (IMHA), Cataracts, Glaucoma and Patellar Luxation.

Physical Description: The American Cocker Spaniel is a small, compact dog. They have rounded heads, round eyes and a long silky coat. They have feathering on their ears, chest, abdomen and legs. The head is chiselled coming to an abrupt stop. The dog has a wide muzzle and a broad square jaw with a scissor bite. The tail is often docked to 2/5ths its original length. This dog moves with a smooth gait and is very agile. The American Cocker was originally bred from the English Cocker, brought over on the Mayflower, to retrieve Quail and Woodcock (hence the name.) Their strong little bodies and quick minds made them excellent gundogs. Today the American Cocker appears more often in the show ring than on the field. They come in a variety of colours and their coats just touch the floor. In the show ring these little dogs seem to glide around and woo audiences with their appearance.

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American Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed Summary:

This little dog can adapt from a good working dog to life as a household pet. Merry and cheerful, its tail is constantly wagging. It can have a shy nature so early socialising is important.

This is one of America’s most popular dogs. Potential owners must be careful to choose a reputable breeder as over-breeding has resulted in some dogs having poor temperaments. Overall, a happy dog that can live quite well in town or country. They can be quite demanding dogs as they are fond of a bit of mischief!

The American Cocker Spaniel makes an excellent all round family dog and a great playmate for children and adults alike. It can be challenging to teach things to, but on the other hand American Cocker Spaniel Training can be more fun than just about any other sort of dog training! These are happy, energetic dogs which just can't get enough of any game you choose to play, so take advantage of this and use it to your advantage to produce a happy and obedient Spaniel.

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