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While dogs of the spaniel type had existed in England for several centuries, it wasn’t until t he 1800s that they were defined by breed, being separated into seven variations including the English Cocker Spaniel, so named for its use in hunting the woodcock game bird. A further split was made in 1892, separating the Springer Spaniel and Cocker Spaniel who had been identical except in size. Talented at hunting over rough terrain and retrieving with what is called a “soft” mouth, the English Cocker Spaniel was exported to America and underwent changes that reduced its size and type, until in the 1930s, a move was mounted to distinguish the two dogs as different varieties. (continued below)


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(continued) Today the dog referred to as the Cocker Spaniel in the U.S. is often called the American Cocker Spaniel to differentiate from its English origins. Field and show dogs vary little in type for the American Cocker, whereas the English Cocker Spaniel tends to show marked differences. The Cocker Spaniel stands 14 ½ - 15 ½ inches at the withers and weighs 15-30 lbs. It is the smallest of the sporting Spaniels. They are accepted in solid black with or without tan points, and other solid colors. A small white spot on throat or chest is acceptable. Parti-colors must include white. Cocker Spaniels excel as much in the home as they do in the field, having a merry, willing to please temperament. They are eager to work or play, and are a dog that needs human company and interaction to be truly happy. Cockers are good with children and other pets, but like any dog, should be socialized for their future life, while still young. Due to their popularity, a boom in irresponsible breeding was at one time responsible for producing dogs that had a tendency to shyness. Puppy temperament testing is advised before purchasing, as is finding a reputable breeder. © DogDecor.com
 
 
     
 


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