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English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker exemplifies the quintessential qualities of the English.  Charming, intelligent with surprising determination and a strength of character that one would not initially expect.  Many would say that Engies also lay claim to a certain sense of gentle manners and pleasantry.  Perhaps the most remarkable thing about English Cockers is their lack of popularity relative to other similar breeds with more and better known issues.  This dog, with a reasonably knowledgable home, is easily guided into becoming among the best of companions.  Their size and exercise requirements and relatively minimal coat care, make them a fabulous choice for many different lifestyles. 

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General Information
Group(s): SportingSpaniel Height: 15-17 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 26-34 pounds Longevity: 12-15 years
Colors: various including solid red, solid black, solid gold, blue roan, black and white, solid liver, liver and white, tricolor combinations and orange and white Coat type: Flat silky on the body with feathering. Double coated with long top coat and soft, dense undercoat.
Recognized Registries: NCA, AKC, UKC, FCI and others
Overall Appearance: The physical features of the English Cocker Spaniel are designed to create a capable hunting companion. The characteristics of the head include long, low set ears, a flattened skull, wide jaws, wide nostrils and medium-sized, slightly oval eyes with tight lids. The body is compact with a deep chest and a short back. The tail is docked and carried horizontally. The coat is medium long on the body and short and fine on the head. The legs are moderately angulated and the feet are round and catlike.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: English Cocker Spaniels can live in any environmen
General Nature: They are friendly, gentle, obedient and adaptable.
  with Children: excellent with proper handling, introduction and supervision
  with other pets: excellent with proper handling, introduction and supervision with particular attention to birds
  with dogs: excellent with proper handling, introduction and supervision
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: One that can devote some time everyday to their companion. The Engie is extremely devoted. Being relegated to a life without the company of their loved ones will lead to a host of issues. They will not thrive if kenneled or left outside exclusively.
Temperament Notes: friendly, affectionate, loyal with some confidence and independence, somewhat sensitive
Training requirement: solid socializing (to help develop confidence) and basic manners at a minimum
Trainer notes: It would be difficult to find a more charming companion for training classes and exercises.  The Engie is intelligent, agile and interested in their world and the people they love.  This combination makes them exceptionally adept at picking up ideas and communication that you share with them.  The Engie that does not do what you ask of them is the Engie that is confused and doesn't understand what is being asked.  They are easily overwhelmed and depressed by harsh correction, methods that allow them to keep trying to please their trainer will result in the most exceptional of results.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Spaniels were recognized by the mid-late 1800s. The English Cocker was recognized as a separate breed from the Cocker Spaniel in the US in 1936.
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: Flushing Spaniel
Adoption Information
In the 1800's, small spaniels were developed to hunt woodcock. The sizes of puppies from these early litters varied widely. Weight alone determine the breed so The Spaniel Club, which was formed in 1885, created Breed Standards for each spaniel type.
Deviations from Standard: too small, fluffy coat
Health Notes: Hip Dysplasia, Kidney Problems, PRA (eye issue)
Health Testing: OFA(hips), CERF(eyes), BAER (deafness), OPTIGEN (eyes)
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Engies?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What do you consider to be ideal temperament for the breed?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What did you like about this particular breeding pair?
  • Will you be keeping a puppy from this litter?
  • What would you consider an ideal home for a puppy?
  • What suggestions do you have for raising and training a puppy?
  • At what age are your puppies sent to their homes?
  • What do you consider to be your breeding priorities?
  • What would you say are the strengths of your line?
Web Sites: Rescue for the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America


Other Resources
Breed standard: Link to the standard as well as a wealth of additional information (including contrasting the Engie with the American Cocker)

Breeder Ethics: English Cocker Spaniel Club of America Code of Ethics

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