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Cocker Spaniel : Breed Summary

 - ID: 82

Cocker Spaniel

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General Appearance: The smallest of the sporting dogs, his is sturdy, speedy, and merry. His expression should be intelligent, alert, and soft. His tail is docked.

Size, Proportion, and Substance: Height-males, 15 inches at the withers; females, 14 inches.

Background: Cockers are sensitive and playful, usually loving people more than other dogs. Cockers form tight, lifelong bond with his owner. He can easily adapt to city or country living as long as he gets his exercise and playtime. Originally used to hunt woodcock, the "Cocker" Spaniel of today is more likely to be a family pet. The Cockers gentle nature makes him sensitive to rough handling, so interaction with young children should be closely monitored. Even if cut short, the Cocker Spaniels coat requires frequent brushing.