Meet the Breed: The American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel is an easily recognizable breed with their sturdy, medium build, long ears, soulful round eyes, and wavy feathering on their ears, chest and legs. They come in several coat color varieties including buff, black, merle, black and tan, black and white, red, and others. They are closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel but have a smaller build, a domed head, shorter muzzle, more pronounced brows, and the buff color is not present in the English Cocker breed.
The Cocker Spaniels originated in England in the 14th Century where they were bred for flushing out birds, particularly the woodcock, hence the name "Cocker Spaniel." When they were imported to the U.S., they were bred down to a smaller size with a shorter muzzle, and became popular for their hunting and companionship. A club was formed to help set the standard for this new breed back in 1881, making it the oldest breed club in America which is currently called the American Spaniel Club.
The Cocker Spaniel is known as the "Merry Cocker" due to it's happy personality. They are equally suited to family life and to hunting and working. They are very people oriented, and work hard to please their master. Their tails rarely cease wagging. Do socialize this breed early to prevent shyness.
Breed Club Links: American Spaniel Club.
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