American Cocker Spaniel

Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel, unlike his British ancestor, has a totally spectacular appearance. Coats that go all the way down to the ground are not uncommon and show dogs are numerous.

Height 34 to 39 cm
Weight 9 to 13 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 15 years
Hair Loss Medium
Excercise Need Medium
Home country United States (US)

Quick Overview of the American Cocker Spaniel


  • Cheerful and joyful
  • Sociable and full of energy
  • Very cunning behaviour
  • Flexible character


  • Perfectly balanced silhouette
  • Compact and sturdy gait
  • Flat or slightly wavy coat
  • Large dark eyes


  • No particular pathology
  • Rarely ill

Temperament of the American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful, cheerful, sociable and full of energy dog. Direct descendant of his British ancestor, he has however a much softer character.

Very sociable with humans or other animals, he is not good at guarding. He will only bark and won't be efficient if an intruder ventures further.

He is a very beautiful dog and even if he was originally created for hunting, he remains today essentially a companion and show dog.

The American Cocker Spaniel has a flexible character and is very affectionate. He loves children and will participate in all their games.

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Breed Appearance

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Often confused with his cousin the English Cocker Spaniel, the American Cocker Spaniel is smaller and has a longer muzzle than his British ancestor.

From a compact and robust look to a magnificent fur, the American Cocker Spaniel's silhouette is perfectly balanced and offers a harmonious superb and pleasant combination.


Between 37 and 39 cm (14.57 to 15.35 inches) for the male
Between 34 and 36 cm (13.39 to 14.17 inches) for the female


Between 9 and 13 kg (19.84 to 28.66 pounds) for the male
Between 9 and 13 kg (19.84 to 28.66 pounds) for the female


His dress is sometimes of one color. It can vary between black, black and tan, different shades of buffalo leather (red brown), white and black, white and orange, fawn and roan (coat composed of white, black and red hair).


His coat can be slightly wavy or flat and is very silky.


His head is pretty small. His large eyes are dark and slightly almond-shaped. His fringed ears are drooping. His nose is generally dark and can vary according to the coat. His natural tail is medium length but can be shortened.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 8, section 2 and is #167

Characteristics of the American Cocker Spaniel

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a American Cocker Spaniel puppy: between and
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

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Tips About this breed

The American Cocker Spaniel is essentially a companion dog. He can be very happy in an apartment in the city and will also thrive in the country.

However, the city dog will have to run every day because his natural hunting instinct is still present in his genes and running is part of his daily needs.

The American Cocker Spaniel is affectionate and not aggressive at all. He still needs a careful education because he has a tendency to do as he pleases if he is not correctly trained.

His education must therefore be undertaken at a very young age.

All ages and kinds of owners will be happy with this beautiful dog. However, you must be prepared to invest in daily walking and regular grooming.

Health of the American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel is a very robust dog and is not affected by any particular pathology. Giving birth is sometimes difficult for the females, but otherwise, he normally enjoys excellent health.


His ears and eyes need to be checked regularly and his coat requires regular maintenance. A rather energetic daily brushing will ensure a beautiful and healthy coat. Professional grooming from time to time is also recommended to preserve the health and beauty of his coat.

History of this breed

The American Cocker Spaniel was created in 1882.

At the end of the 19th century, after the arrival of the English Cocker Spaniel in the United States, the Americans decided to purify the lines of the English Cocker Spaniel to obtain a fuller coat to create the American Cocker Spaniel and make this excellent hunting dog a remarkable companion dog.

The American Cocker Spaniel began to be recognized as early as 1936. Canada recognized him in 1940 and France received him in 1956. The breed entered the English Kennel Club in 1968.

Originally a hunting dog, he is now mainly used as a companion dog.

He is also highly prized by canine beauty contests. His superb long coat makes him one of the most appreciated in his category.

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