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Cocker Spaniel


Cocker Spaniel profile

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Lifespan: 12-15 Years

Avg height: 35-38cm

Avg weight: 12-15kg

Coat type: Medium length, silky coat, shorter on the head, wavy with undercoat

Coat colours: Black, black and tan, cream, brown, golden, red, liver, bi-colour, tri-colour

Originally bred for: Bird flushing, retrieving

Breed traits: Friendly, cheerful, merry, willing to please, responsive


A little about Cocker Spaniels

The Cocker Spaniel is a working dog, but is more commonly known as an excellent pet for its friendly and generous personality. It is a cheerful and lively companion, that loves exercise and is willing to please its owner.



The main health concerns for Cocker Spaniels are cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, luxating patella and hip dysplasia. They are also known to experience allergies and this can lead to skin and ear infections (otitis externa). Other minor health concerns include liver disease, entropion and seborrhoea.


A day in the life of "Rosie"


I hop up into the car and clamber onto the seat. My owner straps me in and I look out the window. Where are we going? The trees and houses flash past me, and I pant excitedly. Could it be the park? To visit some friends? Or am I going to work with my owner again? I’m just so excited to know! My human is blaring their music, and I wag my tail; sharing their enthusiasm.

The car slows, and I wait for my owner to open the door. The groomer! It’s been a while. I step down from the car and trot ahead of my owner into the shop. I lift my head high, sniffing the aromatic soaps and scents of other dogs come and gone. What a place!

‘Hi Rosie, how are you!’ I wag my tail and lick the groomer's hand. Hi friend. My owner hands the groomer my lead, and gives me a pat goodbye. Time to get pampered! I jump up into the tub into the bubbles and get a good scrub, my hair soaking wet I shake. Bubbles fly everywhere, and the groomer laughs. I lick her face and she gives me a hug, despite how wet I am.

‘Come on Rosie, jump up’ they say, and I leap out of the tub to a small table. And the blow-dry commences. The hot air billows through my fur, and I close my eyes sleepy in the warmth. But wait, my owners back! Already? I jump down, completely dry and jog towards her. She takes my lead and I wriggle with excitement and lick her legs. My fur is soft, and I feel fabulous. Time to go home.

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.