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English Cocker Spaniel |England|

English Cocker Spaniel |England|

The English Cocker, which is slightly larger than the American Cocker, is a lively, cheerful, busy, compact dog that makes a superb family companion and working dog. These are intelligent and inquisitive dogs, always being industrious in some manner, with their tails generally beating out a good rhythm! There is some difference between Cockers bred for showing and working, as in many breeds, but their temperament is typically universally endearing as long as they are well socialized from an early age.

History

The earliest references specifically to Cocker Spaniels date to the late eighteenth century. Thomas Bewick wrote in his book A General History of Quadrupeds’ about “Springers” and “Cockers” in 1790. This and other early writings reveal that Cockers were originally used in pairs and only for flushing birds. As the range on guns increased, the dogs were also trained to retrieve. The Spaniel Club was founded in England in 1885 to promote the breeding of different types of spaniels for different sporting events, and to create breed standards. The American Spaniel Club was formed in 1881, with one of its first objectives to differentiate between Cocker and Field Spaniels and to prevent crossbreeding. Today, English Cockers remains a favorite in the show ring, as companions, and as noted working dogs.

Cocker Spaniels do not like to be left alone for long periods, and puppies in particular need plenty of diversion.

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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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