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Understanding and Training a Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

This is a lively, cheerful, gentle yet playful dog that responds well to obedience training. Be careful not to allow yourself to become manipulated by the Cocker charm - they are tail waggers by nature, so use the happy enthusiasm as a high reward in training, rather than allowing them to train you.

Cocker Spaniels are often known to be sensitive and submissive, therefore train persuasively, never sharp or harsh at risk of owning a snappy, defensive dog.

As with all hunting breeds, exercise often and incorporate as much obedience into your activities as possible. Fetch is an excellent game that Cockers love to play, not to mention that it promotes recall.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Cocker Spaniel

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 24 - 32lbs (11 - 15kg); 36 - 41cm
  • General Temperament: Active, Responsive & Friendly
  • General Description: Happy, active and responsive by nature; it is easy to nurture these qualities into a well behaved, playful and adorable family companion.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience     x    
Good Family Dog   x      
Exercise Required   x      
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training   x      
Sociability with Strangers   x      
Grooming Requirements   x      


Brief History

There are two recognised varieties of the Cocker Spaniel, the English and the American. In both countries the breed is popular for hunting (flushing birds from their hiding places and retrieving on command) and companionship. If fact, the Cocker Spaniel is so popular, it repeatedly makes the top 10 registered breed list on both sides of the pond. The breed originated in England, with the American counterpart known to be smaller with longer hair.


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