Monday, May 4, 2015

Breed spotlight: American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular breeds in North America, and the earliest ancestors are believed to have arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. The American branch of the Cocker Spaniel has developed independently of the European relatives, and is a specific breed.

Many spaniels have a strong hunting instinct, but this isn't typical for the American Cocker Spaniel. They adapt well and are happy to live in the countryside or in a city, provided they get sufficient exercise.

This breed has a lot of hair, and the dogs require regular grooming. Their coat must be brushed and washed, and maybe even given a haircut. Their ears should be checked regularly as well.

The average American Cocker Spaniel is sturdy, good-natured, intelligent, and well balanced. They're known for being happy, smart, and gentle, and they possess remarkable speed and endurance. However, they do not like to be alone, and they need to be with the family.

A typical American Cocker Spaniel weighs between 24 and 30 lbs, and this is a lot of dog in a fairly small package.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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