Short and fine on head, medium body
Black, brown, tan
Active and friendly
Cocker Spaniels can be stunning show
dogs, lively hunting companions or gentle
The American Cocker Spaniel has a sturdy, compact body and a cleanly chiseled and
refined head, with the overall dog in complete balance and of ideal size. The ideal
height of an adult female at the withers is 14 inches; the ideal height for males is 15
inches. Cockers are divided by the breed standard into three varieties: black, ASCOB
(Any Solid Color Other than Black),and parti-colors.
Their temperament is typically joyful and trusting. The ideal Cocker temperament is
merry, outgoing, and eager to please everyone. They can be good with children and
usually sociable and gentle with other pets. Some Cockers exhibit fearful or aggressive
behavior, submissive urination, and resource guarding. However, responsible
breeders have worked diligently to eliminate these negative characteristics.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of dog that originated in the United Kingdom.
It was brought to Canada and the United States in the late 1800s. American Cocker
Spaniels were given their own AKC Stud Book in the early 1900s. By 1946, the English
Cocker Spaniel was distinct enough in type from the "American" variety, that the
American Kennel Club established it as a breed separate from the American Cocker