Facts about American Cocker Spaniel Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for American Cocker Spaniel puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

This is a relatively young breed. It was originally developed from selective and careful breeding of its close relative - the English Cocker Spaniel.

It was bred as a woodcock (a game bird) hunter. Incidentally, the name "Cocker" comes from the name of that bird.

These days, it's rarely used for hunting and is kept mainly for companionship.

Physical Characteristics of American Cocker Spaniel Puppies

This is the smallest of all hunting dogs.

It has a small, somewhat square body, dark brown eyes and a brown or black nose. The tail is usually docked. It's most distinctive feature are long drop ears.

It has a medium-length double coat that consists of a dense undercoat and silky outer coat.

The coat comes in black or other solid colors. It may also be parti-colored (black and white, black and red, etc.), with or without white markings and tan points.

    Height Weight
  Male 14 to 15 inches 15 to 25 pounds
  Female 13 to 14 inches 15 to 25 pounds


The American Cocker Spaniel is an intelligent dog with a strong work drive. It's friendly, loyal, cheerful, playful, trustworthy, adaptable, and easy to train. Oh, did I mention that it also has a good temperament?!

It's good with children and loves to be around people.

In short, it's a perfect pet!

Its only real drawbacks are shyness and excessive sensitivity.

To deal with shyness, I recommend socializing your dog while he is still young. To deal with sensitivity, be gentle and never hit or scream at your pet.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This is a very adaptable breed and will do equally well in suburban as well as city environments.

Some American Cocker Spaniel breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is a moderately active dog.

To keep your pet healthy and in shape, take him for one or two long walks every day.


The Cocker is an average shedder but whether you leave the coat long or clip it to medium length, I recommend daily brushing.

Why daily?

These dogs love to run in the fields, woods and thickets. In the process, they accumulate a lot of dirt and their hair gets tangled. The tangles may not only make your pet feel uncomfortable but may also cause various skin problems.

In addition to daily brushing, you may need to bathe your pet frequently.

Clip the hair, yourself or take your pet to a professional groomer, 3 to 4 times per year.

Eyes and those long drop ears also need regular cleaning.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the American Cocker Spaniel is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other common health concerns include cataracts, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, and PRA. To learn more about dog diseases and health care, visit dog health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable American Cocker Spaniel breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for an American Cocker Spaniel puppy is between 12 and 15 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local American Cocker Spaniel rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.

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