The Cocker Spaniel was originally developed in Wales and southwestern parts of England to retrieve woodcock, a popular game bird, according to our research.
There are two types of Cocker Spaniels: English and American, which each adhere to their own respective breed standards. The American Cocker Spaniel is typified by its shorter muzzle, and smaller stature to that of its UK cousin. It is recognized as the smallest of all the sporting dogs. The English Cocker Spaniel is larger, with long ears and a longer sloping nose than the American variety.
Typified by their flowing, lustrous wavy or flat locks, Cocker Spaniels are elegant and intelligent retrievers who are fast at sport but gentle with children. They are affectionate, loving dogs noted for their intelligence and cheery disposition. Cocker Spaniels require regular grooming and exercise to keep trim as they can gain weight easily.
We spoke to our good friend Carol at Fidose of Reality who is a 25-year veteran to the Cocker Spaniel world and Mom to gorgeous “Wigglebutt” Dexter.
To find out more about Cocker Spaniels and see if they could be the right breed for you, read her super informative post here.