Animal General of East Norwich

English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel

Basic English Cocker Spaniel Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
  • Height: 15 - 17 inches
  • Weight: 26 - 34 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in English Cocker Spaniels


English Cocker Spaniel Traits

  • Joggin Partner
         
  • Lap Dog
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Warm Weather
         
  • Cold Weather
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Barking
         
  • Ease of Training
         


English Cocker Spaniel History

  • One of the largest families of dogs, spaniels were developed at least by the 1300s to flush birds into nets or to waiting falcons. Later in their development they also found and pointed birds.
  • Spaniels became specialized by their size, the terrain they hunted over, and the type of birds they hunted.
  • In 1892 the smaller land spaniels that specialized in hunting woodcock were designated as Cocker Spaniels.
  • In 1878, the AKC recognized the Cocker Spaniel.
  • As the Cocker became the most popular breed in America in the 1930s and 40s, and also a successful show dog, the type diverged such that the show dogs winning in American rings tended to be smaller, longer legged, and rounder headed than the original stock from England.
  • In 1936, the AKC split the breed into two varieties: the traditional English Cocker Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels. In 1946, they split them into two breeds (Varieties can be interbred; breeds cannot). Only in America are these names used; elsewhere they are known as Cocker Spaniels and American Cocker Spaniels, respectively.
  • The English Cocker Spaniel remains the breed more true to the type of the original Cockers, but in America they are not as popular as American Cockers.


English Cocker Spaniel Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a cheerful and devoted companion.
  • Usually very good with children.
  • Eager to please and quick to learn.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food.
  • Outgoing toward strangers.
  • Gets along well with other pets and dogs.
  • Enjoys retrieving and hunting.


English Cocker Spaniel Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm housedog if given adequate exercise.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, jog, or energetic games.
  • A good candidate for dog parks.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.


English Cocker Spaniel Grooming

  • Coat is fairly long, silky, and either flat or wavy.
  • The coat needs brushing and combing two to three times a week to prevent mats.
  • Hair on the head and ears should be clipped every month, and hair on the feet and tail should be cut every two months.
  • Special attention should be paid to keeping the eyes clean and clear of stray hairs.
  • The ears must be checked weekly for problems.
  • Shedding is average.


Suggested English Cocker Spaniel Nutritional Needs

  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a balanced a puppy food.


Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.


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Emergency Care

Animal General of East Norwich is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8AM-8PM. On Tuesday our hospital is open 8AM-6PM, and on Saturday 8AM-4PM. (We are closed on Sunday.) If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 516-624-7500. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

Animal General of East Norwich
6320 Route 25A
East Norwich, NY 11732

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If your pet is experiencing a medical crisis when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

 

Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury
609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
Westbury, NY 11590
Phone: 516-420-0000
Open 24/7/365
www.vcaspecialtyvets.com/westbury

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