Dog Breeds, Gundogs

Gundog Cocker Spaniel

Cocker SpanielLast of our 4 types of gundog Spaniels that we have been disusing in the past 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.

Cocker Spaniel

The family of breeds known as spaniel’s dates back at least to the 14th century, when Chaucer wrote of “Spaniels”, in his Canterbury Tales.


As the ancient spaniel family diversified, its representatives became specialized for different types of work.  By the early 19th century there was a group identified as the “cockers”, and these were the forebears of today’s breed.  Their name may have come from the old word “cock” – to flush the game – but it could also have derived from the use of this breed in hunting woodcock.  The Cocker’s development was centered around Wales and southern England, but as more color varieties evolved, adding roans, black and white, and red, for example, to the original black, the Cocker gained more widespread admiration.  It was Britain’s most popular breed by the mid-1930s, and is reasonably common in America.


Cheerful, loving and intelligent, the Cocker makes a perfect companion.


The coat needs regular brushing, and some trimming on the ears.  Plenty of exercise is a must.  This isn’t a suitable breed for busy families with little spare time.








Also see Brittany Spaniel, Springer Spaniel and American Spaniel.

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