by Doris Donnerman
(last updated April 3, 2009)
The general appearance of the English Cocker Spaniel is attractive with short body and strong limbs. His movements are alive with energy. His gait is powerful and seems to be frictionless. The English Cocker Spaniel is alert at all times; he resembles a small Springer.
This dog gives the appearance that not only is he bred for hunting but that he really enjoys it. The incessant wagging tail along with the carriage of his head gives this impression. The dog is well balanced, strongly built, full of quality, great stamina, and capable of top speed. One of his hunting abilities is that he can hunt by body scent or by that of a trailing nose.
The English Cocker Spaniel has a love for and faithfulness to his master. This makes him useful as a member of the house. He is alert and characteristically full of courage. He has been noted for his intelligence and merry disposition. It is easy to train the English Cocker because he will give you his complete attention and if correction is needed he will take it in stride. This dog is not quarrelsome, and is a responsive and willing worker both in the field and as a companion. He is not as timid as the American Cocker Spaniel.
The male English Cocker Spaniel weighs somewhere between twenty-eight and 34 pounds, while the female weighs between twenty-six and thirty-two pounds. Their coat lies on the body flat or slightly wavy and will have a silky texture. The color of the coat is usually black and tan.
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