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Cocker Spaniel |United States|

Cocker Spaniel |United States|

The Cocker Spaniel, or American Cocker Spaniel as they are also known, is the smallest of the sporting dogs and a truly compact athlete. These are working dogs, but they are also extremely popular as family pets and excel in this capacity. Cockers are generally friendly, cheerful, and lively companions that require vigorous daily exercise.

History

The spaniel family is large and very old. The first spaniel arrived in the United States on board the Mayflower in 1620. Historically these active dogs were divided into land and water spaniels, and in the nineteenth century, they were categorized as the breeds we recognize today. Given their small size, Cocker Spaniels were first used for flushing woodcock, hence their name, and later for flushing and retrieving. Today, they are also popular field trial dogs. Although the breed originated in England, by the twentieth century distinct differences could be seen between the English-bred and American-bred cockers. Today, they are recognized as different breeds.

The American Cocker is one of the most popular breeds in the United States and is divided into three color varieties: black, ASCOB (any solid color other than black), and parti-color. Cockers bred for the show ring tend to have longer, fuller coats and can be slightly heavier in frame

Cocker Spaniel puppies are virtually full-grown by six months of age.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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