English Cockers are a medium-size dog breed with long ears and a happy disposition.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about English Cocker Spaniel.
Sharing common roots with other spaniels such as English Springers, Irish Water Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, Field Spaniel and American Cockers, the English Cocker split from the other spaniels when a decision was made to divide land and water spaniels and subsequently, land spaniels into larger (Springer) and smaller (Cocker). In 1892 the Kennel Club of England began registering this breed as the Cocker Spaniel. In the US, the English Cocker Spaniel Club was formed in 1935, and in 1941, lineage studies provided a base to select only non-American cockers for future type development. In the AKC, they formalized standards in 1947, and the CKC registered them starting in 1940.
2) Therapy Dogs
English Cocker Spaniels are great therapy dogs because they are so loving. Nursing homes and other medical institutions enjoy having dogs come in and visit the people, especially the English Cocker Spaniels.
3) Hunting Instinct
The English cocker spaniel has kept strong hunting instincts; this dog likes few things better in life than to go out in search of birds. Yet that pleasure is closely rivaled by the pleasure the dog derives from being close to family members. This is a breed that likes to be part of every family activity. He is cheerful, biddable, loyal, sensitive and playful; in short, a perfect companion for a considerate child or an adventurous adult.
Have you ever received mail from a foreign country? If so, you may have received an envelope with a picture of an English Cocker Spaniel in the form of a stamp. Many of these countries for one reason or another started using stamps with the Spaniel on them in hopes of boosting the economy. The stamps can be purchased for four dollars and ninety-five cents. Some will be collector stamps because they do date back many, many years. There are stamps available with different backgrounds as well as different colors of dogs.
This is a friendly dog, whether to other dogs and pets, children, strangers, and even burglars. The English cocker spaniel is a pretty good watchdog, but a poor choice for a protection dog.
6) Living with
The English cocker spaniel was bred to hunt all day long, searching for, flushing, and retrieving upland game birds. This kind of energy cannot be burned off in a walk around the block. These dogs need a lot of exercise, but fortunately they can satisfy their needs with a couple of good exercise periods a day. Ready access to a fenced yard is a definite help.
This moderately built dog is small enough to push through dense bushes (and fit on your lap) and large enough to retrieve game (and go jogging with you). English cocker spaniels are 14-17 inches tall, and they weigh 26-32 pounds (7 to 8 kilograms).
The English cocker spaniel's coat must be brushed two or three times a week. For best appearances, the coat should be clipped or scissored around the face, ears, tail and feet every couple of months. Ears need special attention, as they are somewhat prone to problems if they are allowed to remain moist inside. When the dog is eating, the ears should be held back with a head stocking (called a snood) to prevent food from getting stuck in the feathered tips.
9) White House
John Kennedy owned an English Cocker Spaniel while in the White House and her name was Shannon. She was allowed to roam the building.
The hair is of medium length and somewhat silky; it is long enough to protect the dog's underside when in the field but never so long as to be a hindrance. The dog's coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns.