Dog Breed Guide: English Cocker Spaniel

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An English Cocker Spaniel dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

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

About the English Cocker Spaniel

Height (to base of neck): females 15 – 16″, males 16 – 17″

Weight:  females 26 – 32 lb, males 28 – 34 lb

Color: Solid colors, tan markings and parti-colors are accepted.

Origin: England

Coat: Medium length feathered hair.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Cocker, Cocker Spaniel

Is an English Cocker Spaniel the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Cocker Spaniel was originally bred as a gundog and is still using for hunting.  They can be affectionate and good family dogs, but there are variable temperaments in some lineages making them prone to aggression and fear biting.  Early socialization will help the Cocker Spaniel to be better suited to families with children.  They do well in urban and rural settings.  Grooming needs are moderate to high and they are average shedders.

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

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Ear Infections  $287  $984
 Skin Allergies  $912  $7,166
 Lipoma  $508  $1,553
 Pink Eye  $179  $381

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