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11 Awesome Facts About the Cocker Spaniel

Should you get a Cocker Spaniel?

Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world and there are hundreds of different dog breeds to choose from. If you’re looking for a loving, playful pet that is also great with kids, you might want to consider the Cocker Spaniel. These adorable dogs come in a variety of colors and have been known to be very friendly and gentle. But what do you really know about the Cocker Spaniel breed? Here are 11 interesting facts about these popular dogs.

1. The Cocker Spaniel dog breed comes from a spaniel type hunting dog that was bred to flush out and retrieve waterfowl.

2. The breed was first recognized as a separate breed in the United States and England in the 1870s and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878.

3 In a 2004 research study, a Cocker Spaniel named Tangle could detect human cancers at an accuracy rate of 56%. After working with the dog, scientists increased that number to 80%!

4. They are one of the few dog breeds that can have either long or short hair. Long-haired Cocker Spaniels are typically referred to as “show” dogs – being groomed for shows – while short haired dogs are called “field” dogs because they hunt in the fields.

5 The Cocker Spaniel can reach of height of 16 inches and a weight of about 30 pounds. They have a lifespan between 10-14 years. (A dog named Uno lived to be 22…) They have a wide variety of coat colors.


6. Cocker Spaniels are ranked 20 out of 130 dog breeds in canine intelligence. They tend to learn new commands in 5-15 repetitions. They are a smart breed!

7. The American Kennel Club (AKC) regularly conducts dog running competitions. The average running speed of a Cocker Spaniel (100 yards) was 18 mph. The fasted recorded speed was 23.05 mph.

8. The name “Cocker Spaniel” is an adaptation of the early name of their original hunting method which was to jump into water and “cock” or shake their heads from side to side splashing water over the nearby shoreline to flush out prey, especially ducks.

9. In studies on the temperament of Cocker Spaniels, research has shown that Cocker Spaniels have high energy levels, can be somewhat hyper and are prone to separation anxiety.

10. The American Kennel Club recognizes the English and American Cocker Spaniels as different breeds. American Cocker Spaniels have smaller, rounded heads, while English Cocker Spaniels have longer snouts.

11. Cocker Spaniels are relatively healthy dogs but there are a few health conditions to watch out for such as cataract formation. They also tend to have sensitive immune systems. And although uncommon, Cocker Spaniel rage syndrome is a rare condition that does occur.

read more about rage syndrome here

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