Breed Guide: Cocker Spaniel

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Miniature SchnauzerDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Cocker Spaniel

Height (to base of neck): female 14″, male 15″

Weight: female 24-26lbs, male 26-28lbs

Color: Black, cream, red, brown, part-colored and tan pointed.

Origin: England

Coat: Long, silky, and fine coat is straight to slightly wavy.

Life Expectancy: 13-16 years

Energy level: Moderate to high

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Cockers

Is a Cocker Spaniel the Right Dog Breed for You?

Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as a hunting dog, but has shifted towards being bred for companionship.  They have traditionally been known as gentle social dogs with a playful affectionate nature.  However their surge in popularity in the past few decades have led to over-breeding of some lines prone to a timid and fearful personality, making them prone to fear biting and snapping.  Early and vigorous socialization is paramount to curb biting behavior.  This breed can be good with children when appropriately trained, especially when carefully selected for a gentle, friendly personality.  They need lots of play time and are of medium trainability.  They require significant grooming, with attention to ear hygiene. They have a tendency towards barking.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Cocker Spaniel

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives


Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $276 $3,538
Skin Allergies $640 $5,837
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $468 $1,829
Conjuctivitis (Pink Eye) $123 $485
Colitis (Inflammation of Colon) $214 $1,132


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