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Have you ever heard about or seen a Cocker Spaniel? A Cocker Spaniel is a spaniel type of dog that has two subspecies, American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel. They are jovial dogs who love to please their owners. These dogs cannot be left alone as they get bored easily. They crave human attention. The Cocker Spaniel dog breed has been recognized by the American Kennel Club as well as the English Kennel Club. As per the National Breed Club, the Cocker Spaniel dog breed requires regular health checks such as patella evaluation, hip evaluation, and ophthalmologist evaluation to stay clear of various health problems.  

It is one of the sporting dog breeds that are good with children and is extremely easy to train. Do you wish to know more about them? Here are some fun and interesting facts on Cocker Spaniels.

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15 Pawfect Facts About The Cocker Spaniel Dog Kids Will Love

What do they prey on?

Small animals and birds

What do they eat?


Average litter size?

4-7 puppies

How much do they weigh?

22-30 lb (10-13.6 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

14-16 in (35.6-41 cm)

What do they look like?

Black, brown, tan, cream flat or slightly wavy coat

Skin Type

Fur coat

What were their main threats?

Ear Infections, Health Problems Like Liver Disease, Weight Management

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them?

Plains And Mountains


Europe, Australia, Asia, Us









Cocker Spaniel Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Cocker Spaniel?

A Cocker Spaniel is a breed that belongs to the spaniel type. They are of two types: English Cocker Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel. In both the US and England they are called Cocker Spaniel. The American Cocker Spaniel is a sporting type of dog that is recognized by the American Kennel Club. It is a companion type of dog and is so cute to look at. They are lively and affectionate, and very gentle. They are jovial and willing to learn.

What class of animal does a Cocker Spaniel belong to?

The Cocker Spaniel is a spaniel type of dog that belongs to the mammalian class by its ability to give birth to young ones. It comes under the Carnivora order of the Canidae family. Its scientific name is Canis lupus. The Cocker Spaniel is of two types: English Cocker Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel. These dogs were at first bred as hunting dogs.

How many Cocker Spaniels are there in the world?

There is no accurate or rough estimate of the total number of Cocker Spaniels in the world. Their population is increasing and do not face any extinction threats. English Springer Spaniels and English Cocker Spaniels have been recognized as separate breeds.

Where does a Cocker Spaniel live?

Since the Cocker Spaniel is friendly and gentle, they naturally live in a house or any hospitable environment. They crave human interaction and love to live with humans.

What is a Cocker Spaniel's habitat?

The ideal habitat for Cocker Spaniel would be an environment where they can get regular exercise and work out. They love exercise and if they are left idle they will get bored. They love interacting with humans; so prefer to live with them.

Who do Cocker Spaniels live with?

As the Cocker Spaniel is a pet dog, it can live with people. It is very loyal and affectionate towards humans and enjoys their contact. It loves to play and crave human attention and gets bored if it is left alone.

How long does a Cocker Spaniel live?

A Cocker Spaniel has an average life span of 14-16 years. This may vary depending on the food habits,  regular exercise, and environment.

How do they reproduce?

Cocker Spaniels reach sexual maturity within eight to nine months. The reproduction process of a spaniel starts between a male and a female spaniel dog when the male spaniel dog tends to mount the female spaniel from the rear side. After a firm connection, they will stay in this position for 5-30 minutes before disengaging. The pregnancy period may range from 60-68 days after which the female gives birth to four to seven Cocker Spaniel puppies.

What is their conservation status?

A Cocker Spaniel has a good population and it is slightly increasing. They are under the Least Concern status. Hence spaniels do not face any extinction threat.

Cocker Spaniel Fun Facts

What do Cocker Spaniels look like?

The Cocker Spaniel is a spaniel type of dog. They are of two types: the American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel. These dogs have long lush ears and their body has solid colors like brown, cream, tan and black. The Cocker Spaniel has a sturdy and well-maintained body. It has a long and silky coat that is also seen in the chest and legs. Cocker Spaniels have a docked tail. They are one of the dog breeds that can be found in any solid color other than black. Some of the most abundant parti-color combinations for Cocker Spaniel colors are white with red, white with black, or white with black and tan points.

Cocker Spaniel

How cute are they?

Cocker Spaniels are jovial and try to please their owner always. They are very cute and adorable in appearance with long hair. They are attention seekers. How can you resist cuddling a golden Cocker Spaniel with its cute and innocent appearance?

How do they communicate?

A Cocker Spaniel loves human attention and understands human emotions. It uses common auditory communications like barks, howls, and whines. It also communicates using smell. Sometimes, it may bark a lot which can be handled by training.

How big is a Cocker Spaniel?

The working Cocker Spaniel size is in the range of 14-16 in (35.6-41 cm). It is the smallest member of the sporting group of dog breeds. Based on their size, these dogs can be categorized as teacup Cocker Spaniel, mini Cocker Spaniel, and toy Cocker Spaniel.

How fast can a Cocker Spaniel run?

A Cocker Spaniel has short legs and strong shoulders which helps it to run very fast over short distances. A Cocker Spaniel has a top speed of 30 mph (48.3 kph).

How much does a Cocker Spaniel weigh?

On average, the Cocker Spaniel weight is around 22-30 lb (10-13.6 kg). This may vary depending on the food habits, regular exercise, and the environment.

What are the male and female names of the species?

As a Cocker Spaniel is a dog, its species is C.lupus. A male Cocker Spaniel is called a dog and a female Cocker Spaniel is called a bitch.

What would you call a baby Cocker Spaniel?

A baby Cocker Spaniel is called a Cocker Spaniel puppy.

What do they eat?

Cocker Spaniels are omnivores. Their diet includes chicken, salmon, turkey and fish, vegetables, and fruits. Animal protein is very essential on their diet for maintaining a healthy body and to protect its internal organs.

Are they slobbery?

A Cocker Spaniel is slobbery. It drools but not excessively. Drooling is a necessary phenomenon for a dog’s health. These dogs mostly drool when they see food or sometimes when they are excited. But their cute appearance is irresistible, so a little drooling can be excused.

Would they make a good pet?

Do you have a dog or are you looking to get one? You can get a Cocker Spaniel, which is a gentle and obedient companion. The Cocker Spaniel temperament ensures that they are extremely good with children. They love and crave human attention. They are lively and affectionate towards humans. Cocker Spaniels are highly trainable and can adapt to any environment. All these reasons make them good pets. These dogs are highly susceptible to progressive retinal atrophy which is a group of diseases that can affect eyesight severely. Hence, regular visits to the vet are advised.  

Did you know...

Cocker Spaniels have the ability to detect or identify cancer samples and they are the first dog to do so. A dog named Tangle is the one who detected it in 2004 during a study.

The Cocker Spaniel became a popular breed especially during the 19th century, in the Victorian era.

English Cockers become extremely famous after they featured in Disney's famous animated movie, 'The Lady and the Tramp' in 1955.

Oprah Winfrey, the famous American TV personality, owns two Cocker Spaniels.

Cocker Spaniels are lively and affectionate dogs that crave human attention. They are excellent companions. The cost of a Cocker Spaniel puppy is around $800-$1,200, while the price for a Cocker Spaniel mix-breed dog would be slightly lower as compared to a purebred dog. These puppies are readily available for adoption at Cocker Spaniel rescue centers as well. It is recommended to purchase this dog from a breeder who properly tests the conditions.

How to clean a Cocker Spaniel's ears

Cleaning the ears of Cocker Spaniels is very essential for keeping them away from bacteria and maintaining hygiene. You can clean its ears by using cotton wool balls, a good cleaning solution, or a couple of tissues. Use an ear cleaning solution inside the ear and massage on the base of the ear. Be careful while doing this.

How to groom a Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel hypoallergenic status ensures that shedding is minimal. But in case the Cocker Spaniel shedding is getting excessive, you can always give it a haircut. If you do not have the proper training for a Cocker Spaniel haircut, then you must take your pooch to a professional groomer.

These dogs are adaptable to any environment and highly trainable. They should be given training at an early age. They love games and should be taken for a minimum 30 minutes walk. They are willing to learn and are obedient.

Proper grooming is also essential for Cocker Spaniels. They should be brushed daily as they have long hair and it helps to detangle it. Their ears should be cleaned properly as Cocker Spaniels are prone to ear infections. It should be cleaned with an ear solution. Give them a bath properly and also don’t forget to brush their teeth daily. Their nails should be trimmed properly at least once a month.

Cocker Spaniels are usually healthy. Their common health issues include eye problems, canine hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, and allergies.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our German spitz facts and Bolognese dog facts pages.  

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our Cocker Spaniel coloring pages.

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