Cocker Spaniel blue roan temperament
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The Cocker Spaniel is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 14.5 to 15.5 inches.
Weight: 24 to 28 pounds.
Females – Height: 13.5 to 14.5 inches.
Cocker Spaniels are commonly black, black and tan, red, white, silver, blue roan, cream, golden, sable and brown.
Cocker Spaniels are happy, gentle dogs with pleasant temperaments and sweet, playful personalities. They are eager to please their owners and respond quickly to commands. They are nicknamed “merry cockers” for their bubbly personalities.
Originally bred as hunting dogs, Cocker Spaniels require daily exercise, ideally a long walk. But they can also get enough activity from vigorous indoor games. They are very able swimmers.
- Cocker Spaniels have a silky coat that is short and fine on their heads and longer on their bodies.
- They are a high-maintenance grooming breed, requiring brushing and combing several times per week as well as bi-monthly visits to a professional groomer to be cut.
- Cocker Spaniels have compact, sturdy bodies, and they are the smallest breed in the American Kennel Club’s Sporting Group.
12 to 15 years
The most common health concerns for Cocker Spaniels include cataracts, glaucoma and patellar luxation. Canine hip dysplasia, liver disease, seborrhea, allergies and progressive retinal atrophy are less common but still occur within the breed, while gastric torsion and elbow dysplasia are seen occasionally.
Cocker Spaniels have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates, but they are such social animals that they prefer to stay indoors with their families.
Cocker Spaniels are good with children because of their cheerful natures. They are very friendly to other dogs and other household pets.
- Cocker Spaniels date back to the 1400s, when they were known as Spanyells in Britain.
- The American Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular breeds of all time as both a show dog and a pet.