American Cocker Spaniel Facts

American Cocker Spaniel Facts
American Cocker Spaniel belongs to the Spaniel family. It originates from English Cocker Spaniel that arrived to America on a Mayflower ship, in 1620. American Cocker Spaniel was created during the 19th century, when small gun dogs (bird dogs) were in demand. In 1946, American Cocker Spaniel earned a status of a new breed (that can be easily distinguished from its ancestor - English Cocker Spaniel). Despite its excellent tracking and hunting skills, American Cocker Spaniel is rarely used for hunting today, but it is very popular as companion and show dog.
Interesting American Cocker Spaniel Facts:
American Cocker Spaniel can reach 14 to 15 inches in height and 24 to 28 pounds of weight.
American Cocker Spaniel has thick, silky coat that is short on the head and back and long on the ears, legs, chest and belly. Fur can be uniformly white, yellowish, tan, brown, reddish, grey or black colored or multicolored.
American Cocker Spaniel has rounded head, wide, round eyes, long, fluffy, drooping ears and small, compact body.
American Cocker Spaniel has smaller body, domed skull, more rounded eyes, shorter muzzle and more pronounced eyebrows compared with English Cocker Spaniel.
American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest gun dog in the world. It was originally created to hunt, track and flush small birds, such as quail and woodcock, from their hiding spots. American Cocker Spaniel has soft mouth which doesn't damage dead birds (killed during the hunt) when it retrieves them to its owner.
American Cocker Spaniel is well known as joyful and playful dog. It is very cooperative and eager to please its owner.
American Cocker Spaniel is affectionate dog. It is suitable for families with children and other animals.
American Cocker Spaniel is friendly, happy and agile dog. It is intelligent dog that can be easily trained. Consistent, but gentle training provides best results for this breed.
American Cocker Spaniel can be kept both in small apartments and houses with backyard. It belongs to the group of active dogs that require daily walks of at least 30 minutes to remain fit. American Cocker Spaniel likes to participate in everyday family activities, as well as to run, swim and retrieve and play with various toys. It hates to be left alone.
American Cocker Spaniel is popular show dog. It often participates in competitions that evaluate obedience, tracking skills and agility of dogs.
American Cocker Spaniel is often used as therapy dog because of its gentle, warm and cheerful nature.
Thick fur of American Cocker Spaniel needs to be groomed each day to prevent formation of tangles and mats.
American Cocker Spaniel usually gives birth to 4 puppies.
American Cocker Spaniel is generally healthy breed. It can suffer from eye and ear disorders and autoimmune hemolytic anemia.
American Cocker Spaniel can survive up to 15 years (10 to 11 is an average lifespan).


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