Cocker Spaniel: All about the breed

Breed History

The Cocker Spaniel is one of the smaller members of the Spaniel family and the smallest of the Sporting Group. These cuddly canines were bred to be small and compact so they could hunt woodcocks (shorebirds in Europe and Asia), thereby acquiring the namesake. The Cocker Spaniel was officially recognized by the AKC in 1878. They have since become one of the most popular pure breed dogs in the United States.

Silky Coat, Sweet Expression

While they were initially bred to be sporting dogs, the Cocker Spaniel’s features seem tailor-made for his affectionate and gentle nature. Their dark eyes give them a sweet expression, and their long ears and beautiful, silky coat make them even more attractive to pet lovers.  

More often than not, you’ll find this breed cuddling with their owners on the couch. However, the Cocker Spaniel is a sporting dog, so they need lots of exercise.

Health Concerns

The Cocker Spaniel’s beautiful coat and ears are certainly their most striking features but are also naturally sensitive. Feeding a formula enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA, can help support skin health. Their ears don’t get much air circulation, making them more susceptible to ear issues. Discuss regular cleaning with your veterinarian, and keep those ears dry. Less active Cocker Spaniels can also suffer weight problems, so look for a formula with a lower caloric content to help maintain healthy weight.

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