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American Cocker Spaniel

Origin United States
GroupGun Dog
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Other Names
What other names does the American Cocker Spaniel have? The breed also known as...
Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the American Cocker Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the American Cocker Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Cocker Spaniel gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the American Cocker Spaniel's size? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the American Cocker Spaniel weigh?
15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Cocker Spaniel?
15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the American Cocker Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the American Cocker Spaniel's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
BrownRedTanBuffSilverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the American Cocker Spaniel and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The American Cocker Spaniel requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your American Cocker Spaniel is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do American Cocker Spaniels shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Cocker Spaniel have?
EvenTemperedMerryIntelligentTrustingJoyfulOutgoingSociable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Cocker Spaniel?
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are American Cocker Spaniels easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American Cocker Spaniels are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do American Cocker Spaniels bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are American Cocker Spaniels good watchdogs?
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Cocker Spaniel do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Cocker Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Cocker Spaniel to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that American Cocker Spaniels are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are American Cocker Spaniels good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American Cocker Spaniels kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Cocker Spaniels get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do American Cocker Spaniels get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Cocker Spaniel can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do American Cocker Spaniels have health problems?
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do American Cocker Spaniels live? What is this dog average life span?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Cocker Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Cocker Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Cocker Spaniel have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Cocker Spaniels require per day?
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Cocker Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the American Cocker Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the American Cocker Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American Cocker Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American Cocker Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Cocker Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Cocker Spaniel have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Cocker Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-7 puppies

Advantages

  • Drooling tendency: The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: American Cocker Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Barking: Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.

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