|Life span||12-15 years|
|Ease of training||Medium|
There are two types of Cocker Spaniel the working variety and the pet variety. The working Cocker is smaller than a Springer Spaniel but very similar in looks.
He has long floppy ears, a soft coat which feathers at the ends, his tail is usually docked if he is a working/gun dog and he has large paws which make him as fast in the water as he is on land. He stands at around 30cm high from the wither to the floor (that’s the top of the neck/shoulder).
The working Cocker is very popular on the shooting field as he can flush and retrieve. He is an enthusiastic learner who loves to work and never tires. The Cocker is also an extremely affectionate dog and very trainable, however, his strong urge to hunt means his recall might not always be as sharp as it could be. He needs at least two hours exercise a day and benefits from having a job to occupy his intelligent mind.
For these reasons he is absolutely suited to the life of a gun dog and will happily live in a kennel providing he gets to work each day. The pet Cocker on the other hand is quite different. He is a much larger, slower version of the worker, although similar in looks, his ears are much longer and heavier and he is a bigger, stronger looking dog. His urge to hunt and work are not as pronounced and he is a much sturdier looking animal.
Both versions come in a variety of coat colors including liver, liver with white, black, black with white, black roan and ginger. The pet Cocker makes a good family pet and has a life span of around 11 to 15 years. In recent years the working cocker spaniel has been cross bred to produce the “Sprocker”, a dog which is proving to be particularly popular with the shooting and field sports community.
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