Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male39 – 41 cm
    • Female38 – 39 cm
  • Weight

    • Male13 – 15 kg
    • Female13 – 15 kg
  • Common Colors

    • Cream mixed with brown and tan spots
    • Red mixed with brown and tan spots
    • White mixed with brown and tan spots
  • Coat Texture

    • Flat, and silky in texture, never curly or wiry..
  • Average Lifespan

    • 12 to 15 years

Spaniel (Cocker)

History of the Breed

Cocker Spaniels are the descendants of dogs used in Spain to drive birds into nets. In the 18th Century, the breed was called the cocking-spaniel, and was used to flush out woodcock.


  • Adaptability
  • All-around friendliness
  • Cheerful
  • Exercise needs
  • Trainability


  • Happy
  • Sociable

Common Health Problems

  • Cataracts A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision.
  • Glaucoma Glaucoma in dogs refers to a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve and involves a loss of retinal ganglion cells in a characteristic pattern.
  • Patellar Luxation Luxating patella is a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy Progressive retinal atrophy is a group of genetic diseases seen in certain breeds of dogs and, more rarely, cats.

Top Tips for Caring for a Spaniel (Cocker)

  • Requires firm and early training as can be prone to excessive barking
  • Regular grooming is required, especially around the ears and feet. Brushing no less than two to three times a week

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