MINIATURE COCKER SPANIEL PUPPIES
Cocker Spaniels have a gentle disposition and big, dark eyes that make it one of the world’s best-loved breeds. They are the smallest breed in the American Kennel Club (AKC) sporting group. Although they were initially developed for hunting, they have evolved into all-around companions. They are easily trained, athletic, and eager playmates for children. Their size is the ideal combination of sporty and portable. They have a sturdy and solid build, a smooth and easy gait, and a beautiful coat. They will love basking in your love and attention when they are regularly groomed.
Both types have soft and wavy coats, are moderate shedders, and their coats come in various colors:
- Combinations of colors like roan, tans, and tricolors
American Spaniels are typically 13 to 15 inches tall and weigh 24 to 30 pounds. English Spaniels are just a bit taller, usually 15 to 16 inches tall and weighing 28 to 32 pounds.
Cocker Spaniels also really enjoy spending time with their people, so regular walks are an excellent way to get your pup moving. If your family has another canine companion, they can play together to wear each other out.
The spaniel is an ancient breed thought to have originated in Spain. They have been trusted birding dogs since before the rifle was developed, when hunting dogs and nets were used in tandem.
European and British spaniels were traditionally grouped as land spaniels and water spaniels. With the advent of written breed standards, dog shows, and field trials in the 19th century, spaniels were eventually classified as specific breeds. Cocker Spaniels were among them, named because of their specialization on woodcock. These dogs were the ancestors of the modern Cocker Spaniel.
The Cocker Spaniel diverged into two varieties in America: American and English. The American Spaniel is typically smaller with a shorter back and muzzle, and the English breed is taller with a more narrow head and chest. The varieties were registered as separate breeds by the English and Canadian kennel clubs starting in 1940, and in 1946, the American Kennel Club (AKC) followed suit. You’ll find both the (American type) Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel in AKC breed names.
A repeat winner of Westminster’s Best in Show, a black Cocker named Brucie advanced the popularity of the breed in the 1940s. Cockers were declared the AKC’s most popular breed of the 1950s, and they were the inspiration for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp.
Major health concerns to be aware of:
Minor health concerns to be aware of:
Your Cocker Spaniel puppy will need regular, thorough grooming to avoid tangles and mats. Brush about every other day with a metal, professional-quality dog comb with fine and medium teeth spacing. Follow combing with a gentle slicker brush if you wish; it’s the combing that is really important. Remove loose hair and be sure you can see through to your pup’s skin. When you find snarls, avoid pulling them through to avoid irritating the skin underneath. Instead, pick the snarls apart beginning at the tips of the coat and then comb through gently. Take care around the ears. The skin of a Cocker’s ears is thin at the edges and may be damaged if you’re too vigorous with the comb.
Your Cocker’s lovely coat needs a quality dog shampoo and very thorough rinsing and re-rinsing to avoid the skin irritation that soap residue can cause. Dry thoroughly with a blow dryer on just a medium-hot setting. You will want to learn how to clean and dry the ear canals to prevent infection.
Cocker Spaniels are smart and people-pleasing, so you will likely find yours easy to train. They are typically sensitive and responsive to gentle correction, though harsh tones are not productive with this breed. They are easily motivated with food, play, and praise. As with all dogs, we recommend early training to ensure your puppy is socialized and able to respond to your commands.