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English Cocker Spaniel

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
English Cocker Spaniel
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Appearance
15-17" (38-43 cm) 26-34 lb (12-16 kg) Medium-length, flat or slightly wavy, silky double coat. Well feathered. Various colours including: black, red, liver, golden, black and tan, tricolour, blue roan, liver roan, red roan, orange roan or lemon roan.
Photo courtesy of Nonnies Perm. Reg'd
History

The English Cocker Spaniel has a long breeding history. Described in 1677 as dogs with “active feet, wanton tail, and busy nostrils”, the term “spaniel” became a common name for bird hunting dogs originating in Spain. These avid hunters spread across Europe. By 1800, spaniels had been divided into land and water spaniels, with their specific names deriving from their jobs. At first, many types might be born from the same litter, and were selected by size. The smallest were called Cocker Spaniels for their ability to hunt small fowl such as woodcock. The breed type was not set until the late 1800s. The Cocker Spaniel came to North America in the 1870s. While breeders continued to select for sporting ability, over time some chose to breed for a smaller shorter-legged type, while others chose to maintain the British type. Eventually, the two styles of Cocker Spaniel were so differentiated that separate registries were required by 1940. Breeders of English Cocker Spaniels selected for taller lighter-coated dogs that retain their hunting instincts.

Personality

Happy and easy to get along with, the English Cocker Spaniel loves to do just about anything. Whether it’s going for a long walk or taking a bath, he’s happy as long as his person is there. He likes to retrieve and is a quick study. Many English Cocker Spaniels excel in dog sports and games like obedience, rally, agility and flyball.

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English Cocker Spaniel Breeders

Nonnies Perm Reg’d
Ontario

Nonnies Perm. Reg’d, Vickie & Dave Umpleby. Breeding quality English Cocker Spaniels since 1997. Our cockers make wonderful family pets as well as excelling in conformation shows, obedience trials and as medical alert service dogs. Breeder of many top winning champions. Beautiful dogs with sweet and happy dispositions, intelligence and excellent health. Puppies occasionally with a written guarantee. (905) 936-5399;  www.nonniescockers.ca

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