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American Cocker Spaniel (American Cocker Spaniel)

American Cocker Spaniel

Country of Origin:

Domestic dog

Black, black with spots, various shades of brown (light cream to dark brown), bi-colour

Charming, sweet, gentle, cheerful, confident, intelligent, friendly, sociable, excellent companion

38-41 cm

12,5-14,5 kg

12.5-14.5 years

Other names:
American Cocker Spaniel


Litter size:
4-5 puppies

The American Cocker Spaniel’s small stature, very sweet appearance and friendliness made it particularly popular in the 1970s, but this was not to the dog breed’s advantage. Today, the breed is not so popular, but it is to be welcomed that the breeding of these dogs is being done in a much more responsible way. The American Cocker Spaniel – is a real maverick, which plays all sorts of pranks at home, sometimes amusing its owners. This breed is suitable for positive and quite energetic people who enjoy the outdoors.

History of the breed

The first Cocker Spaniels are said to have arrived in America in 1620 on a ship carrying pilgrims. Later on, more dogs were brought – it was hoped that they would help to better explore the wild part of the country. American Cocker Spaniels were bred from English Cocker Spaniels (19th century). At that time, the breed was used to fetch shot quail. The American Cocker Spaniel differed from the English version in size, but for a long time the two breeds were not distinguished. By 1940, English and American Cocker Spaniels had become so different that they could not even be compared. In 1945 the two breeds were officially separated. A few decades later, the American Cocker Spaniel became the most popular dog breed in America. The first American Cocker Spaniels bred were black, but the aim was to breed beige dogs. For this reason, American Cocker Spaniels were crossed with other beige breeds.Today, American Cocker Spaniels of this colour are no longer a rarity – you can find dogs in various shades of brown. The first American Cocker Spaniels arrived in Lithuania in 1984.

American Cocker Spaniel: appearance

Males are 39-41 cm tall at the withers, females 38-39 cm. The weight of the American Cocker Spaniel can range from 12,5 to 14,5 kg (females are smaller). They have a compact build with a very strong back and straight, bony legs. The skull is round but not too round, the ears are very long, thin-skinned and covered with long hair. The nose may be black or brown, the eyes round, dark. The tail is of medium length and is not shortened in European Union countries. The coat is of medium length, silky in texture and very ornate. The coat may be black, black with spots, various shades of brown (from light cream to dark brown), or in two contrasting colours, one of which is necessarily white. American Cocker Spaniels are sometimes tricoloured.

American Cocker Spaniel: character

American Cocker Spaniels were formerly used for hunting, so the hunting instinct is still present today. If you are planning to take your pet hunting, you should choose a puppy from the hunting dog line – this will ensure the best working qualities of the dog. The American Cocker Spaniel is a rather versatile dog that can be used in a wide range of activities: its excellent sense of smell and its trainability can be used to search for explosives or narcotics at airports or customs. American Cocker Spaniels can also be used for tracking dogs and dogs with explosives, for example

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