Various types of English Cocker Spaniels have been known in Britain and throughout Europe since the 14th century. By 1800, spaniels had been divided into land spaniels and water spaniels. The breed was imported to North America in the 1880s and when American breeders developed a different type of cocker and the breed was split in the 1940s, the original breed was renamed the English Cocker Spaniel.
The English Cocker Spaniel is noted for its intelligence and merry disposition. An affectionate dog, the English Cocker`s love and faithfulness are characteristic of the breed. A responsive and willing worker, the breed enjoys family life and is suited to most accommodations. He needs regular exercise to keep slim since he tends to gain weight easily.
Size: This medium-sized sporting breed measures 15-17 in, 38-43 cm and weighs 26-34 lb.
Coat: The medium-long silky coat is flat or slightly wavy. Coat on the head is short and fine. The English Cocker Spaniel carries feathering but it shouldn`t be profuse.
Grooming: Frequent brushing to remove dead hair will keep the coat shining. Some tidy-up trimming on the head, throat and feet is required.