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American Cocker Spaniel


American Cocker Spaniel profile

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Lifespan: 12-15 Years

Avg height: 34-39cm

Avg weight: 8-14kg

Coat type: Long, wavy, silky coat with feathering on legs, chest, and belly.

Coat colours: Black, tri-colour, red, tan, white and buff, silver, brown.

Originally bred for: Hunting American woodcock.

Breed traits: Sweet, playful, energetic, merry, outgoing.


A little about the American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel is a cheerful, happy breed who make a good family companion. They are amiable, and whilst they haven't retained many hunting instincts, they still love a walk or outdoor outing.




Whilst largely healthy, the American Cocker Spaniel is prone to some eye disorders (Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Cherry Eye, Ectropian and Entropian). Less commonly they can experience Canine Hip Dysplasia, Patella Luxation, Urinary Stones, Liver disease, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, Hypothyroidism, Phosphofructokinase Deficiencyand skin allergies. Due to their beautiful floppy ears, they are also more likely to develop ear infections than other breeds.

A day in the life of "Ellie"


Deep breath in, deep breath out. Off I go! Where did he throw it? It’s so hard to tell where that fast yellow ball goes. He tricks me every time, throwing it in a different direction making me work harder and harder. I must use all my assets, sniff out the ball, and move FAST. I sprint to one corner of the garden, rustle through the bush and garden bed. I can hear mum moaning, I think she said “not again Ellie…’. She didn’t seem too impressed. That’s okay, me and my human friend Charlie are playing fetch. She wouldn’t understand, it’s a game of speed! The ball wasn’t on that side of the garden, I must try the other side. My paws go up and down as fast as they can, I can feel the damp soil squish between my claws. Boy, this is fun. Wait, is that the yellow ball I’ve been looking for? Faster! I rush straight toward the back fence and in-between mum’s favourite pink flowers is my prized possession. I stuff my nose right in, get a bit of dirt on my face, and collect the ball. I run back to Charlie, tail wagging profusely, and drop the dirty ball off at his feet. He gives me a pat but doesn’t reach down to pick up the ball again. Don’t tell me he’s going inside already. Yep, he’s heading inside… I can join him on his lap while he watches that big rectangle on the wall but I’ve got something better in mind.

How good is dirt! I roll in it, making sure every inch of my fur gets this great feeling sensation, and better yet I can sunbake in my favourite spot in the garden.

Uh oh, I hear mum and Charlie coming. They don’t appreciate the dirt baths I have as much as I do…


Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.