Cocker Spaniel

Medium Size

Moderate shedding

Good for first time owners

It's not for nothing that the breed is called the Merry Cocker. With an ever-wagging tail, lots of enthusiasm and devotion for their family, these dogs are happiness personified.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

An active, fun home where someone is at home for most of the day (a bored, lonely Cocker is not a merry one and will bark and chew in unhappiness).

Not the best for ...

Those that want a hardcore gundog. Cockers still have some instincts from their past, but most are mainly professional pets these days. The sportier Working Cocker is quite a different variety and would fit the bill instead.

Aliases

Cocker, English Cocker Spaniel, Merry Cocker

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

Medium
Average size - could pick up if you had to in an emergency

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Professional
Professional help needed. Curly, keeps growing and needs cutting.

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?

Yes

MEET SOME OF OUR COCKER SPANIEL BREEDERS

Folkvang Cockers

I was brought up by my granddad's German Shorthaired Pointer, so dog is in my blood. I have 2 degrees and a teaching qualification; one in Biochemistry and one in Mechanical Engineering; and have spent many years studying animal behaviour and psychology of humans (not much separates the 2 if truth be known). My day job is teaching teenagers science and animal care. I also teach agility classes, on a Sunday in Berkshire, to a small friendly group of people who want to have fun and build their relationships with their dogs. The rest of my time is spent with my large family of furry people. We walk, play, swim and have fun together - sometimes we make puppies, sometimes we do competitions, breed or agility at the moment, but in the past we did obedience and working trials as well.

Tima

Tracey's Cockers

I started breeding dogs in 1990

Tracey

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