By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez
The English Cocker Spaniels are known to be land spaniels and they are known to be very good hunting dogs. They will do their work well on dry or wet grounds. They are known to flush out and get it's prey using their gentle mouths. Their names come from the word woodcock. This was a game bird that these dogs used to retrieve. These dogs came to England several centuries ago. It is the oldest of all Spaniel dogs. These dogs became a distinguished breed in the year 1936 . This is when the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America was formed.
The English Cocker Spaniels are moderatelyy tall dogs. Their bodies are joint firmly together and they are short legged. The advantage of it being short legged is that it makes them move more faster in thick bushes. They have wide muzzles that helps these dogs tremendously in retrieving their prey. These are very energetic dogs, It shows it's eagerness when it It is working. They are best known as sporting dogs and they make good family dogs. The reason for this is that these dogs can be easily trained. It seldom stops moving their tails from side to side. Their coats in different colors such as: black, reddish brown, red and tan. They have nedium length coats. Their coats can be wavy or flat but their coats are soft and smooth.
The English Cocker Spaniels are very sociable dogs. They are loving, cheerful and they always like to play. As long as these dogs are well trained, they will obey their masters. One of theiroutstanding characteristics is that they are loyal to their families.They like to spend time with their masters and their families. These dogs always like to learn new things.
English Cocker Spaniels must be taken for long walks. A 2 hour walk would be good for them. This will be good for their daily exercise. Giving them the chance to run and play are good exercises for them. They can do well in moderate weathers. They will feel more at ease if they can run in yards that are properly enclosed. It is always better to keep these dogs at home. Always check on it's ears for dirt. Comb or brush their hair two or three times a week. You must clip the fur that is in it's tail and feet every two months. Trim the hair on their heads and ears when needed.
These breed of dogs can acquire health issues like Progressive Retinal Atrophy ( PRA ). They are also prone to such sicknesses such as patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, cataract, kidney disease, Those that are parti - colors can become deaf. Cardiomyopathy is also common in these breed of dogs. They have a lifespan of 12 – 14 years.