The English Cocker Spaniel is a very popular pet, available in two distinct varieties. English cocker spaniel is more commonly used for hunting and has a happier and friendlier nature than the American Cocker. English Cocker Spaniel often ranks in the top 10 breeds as popularity and is the smallest of dog breeds sporting group. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a breed by themselves in 1946. All types of spaniel dogs and have been faithful hunters for centuries. Coming from a large family, they have been mentioned in the literature since the mid-fourteenth century. Over time, the spaniel group was divided into the land spaniels and water spaniels.
In the mid-nineteenth century, breeders began to pay more attention to standardization and development of specific lines of groups of the land spaniel. Finally, the English Cocker Spaniel and the English toy made their appearance. Over time, the English cocker's slowly evolved into a different way from your original cocker, in terms of size, conformation and color. In 1946, the cocker spaniel was separated officially in two separate races: American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel, both recognized by the American Kennel Club.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a medium sized dog, with a harmonious aspect. The head is round and smooth. The muzzle is broad and the ears are long like a pendulum. The tail is generally amputated shortly after birth. The coat is one of the most obvious features. It is silky, slightly wavy and of medium length, being provided with a deep down hair, which protects them from cold and wet weather. Cocker's are found in different varieties: black, black and tan, cream, dark red, brown and tan, dark yellow. An English Cocker Spaniel male is about 13 to 16 kilograms is body weight and females are 12 to 15 kilograms. In height they are of 38 to 43 centimeters at withers in male and females have 36 to 41 centimeters.
Overall, the English Cocker Spaniel is a friendly and playful dog, who will be happy to please you. As like other spaniels, the cocker is energetic dog and requires regular training. If not allowed to exercise and lead a sedentary life, this dog can develop severe behavior problems. He is suitable for both urban life and for the countryside as the breed has a protective instinct, which makes him a good watchdog. The average life expectancy of a English Cocker Spaniel is 14 to 16 years.