There are two varieties of Cocker Spaniels – the English and the American. Do not mistake this glamorous breed to be a crossbreed, because it is as pure as gold. They evolved in the US where breeders developed it from the English Cocker Spaniel. Soon enough the two were so different in appearance that they decided to create a completely new breed. The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest of the hunting breeds. They are sweet-natured, gentle and playful dogs that are most recognised for their round heads and its long silky coat with feathering that can reach the ground.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Cocker spaniels are well suited to living the apartment lifestyle when combined with daily activity. Although it does not need a vast amount of space to roam, a daily romp around the yard is recommended along with a quick brisk walk around the block, as these dogs are better behaved when active. This breed however will not be happy when left alone outdoors for the majority of the day and would prefer to be with its family participating in daily activities.
Common Health Issues
Cataracts, Glaucoma, Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Ectropion, Entropion, PRA, Allergies, Cherry Eye, Seborrhea, Lip Fold Pyoderma, Otitis Externa, Liver Disease, Urolithiasis, Prolapse of Nictitans Gland, CHF, Phosphofructokinase Deficiency, Cardiomyopathy.