Dog Breeds, Gundogs

American Cocker Spaniel

Gundog/SpanielsAmerican Cocker Spaniel

There are 4 types of gundog Spaniels that we will be discussing in the following weeks, these are Brittany, Springer, American Cocker and the Cocker Spaniels.  All these wonderful dogs seek our attention as a good house dog and companion.  we are now  going to look at the American Cocker Spaniel.

American Cocker Spaniel

Like the English Cocker Spaniel from which it was derived, this breed has largely relinquished its sporting past to become an enormously popular breed.


Around 1880, the first English Cocker Spaniel were introduced in America.  A distinct type soon emerged from the original, as a selective breeding program got underway to produce a dog better adapted to the needs of American sportsmen.  The game-birds tended to be smaller than in England, and the dog decreased in size correspondingly.  Other changes accompanied this, and by the 1930s the differences warranted separation of the English and American Cockers.  The younger breed was the favorite dog in its native home in the years after the Second World War, and it is one of the more common spaniels in Britain.


Breeding for the show has not affected this spaniel’s intelligent and sporty nature.


Regular trimming and grooming of the coat plus plenty of exercise are needed.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS American Cocker Spaniel





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