As elegant as you want with its beautiful and long coat, the American Cocker Spaniel was a hunting dog before becoming a pet. Robust, docile, playful and affectionate, he combines qualities. And we can only be charmed!
Characteristics of the American Cocker Spaniel
Belonging to the large family of spaniels, the American Cocker Spaniel has an average size and measures up to 39 cm in males and between 34 and 36 cm for females, for an approximate weight of 13 kg depending on sex and size. . With a compact and robust body, it is neither low nor long on legs. Its head with clean lines is finely chiseled and reveals an impression of softness, alertness and intelligence. It is proportional to the body and has an accentuated stop, with a rounded skull, a broad muzzle and frank jaws. The eyes are dark in color and almond shaped. The ears, for their part, are covered with hair and are both long and thin. They are attached low and drooping. The American Cocker Spaniel owes all its beauty to its silky, full and wavy coat. The bangs are fuller on the ears, limbs, chest and abdomen. As for the dress, it can be jet black, multi-colored or one-color. But generally, the dog sports tan ends.
History of the American Cocker Spaniel breed
Coming from the English Cocker Spaniel, the American Cocker Spaniel as its name suggests originates from across the Atlantic. The first Cockers of English origin landed in the United States in the 19th century. The American version has been adapted to local tastes and reveals a more marked type than its English cousin. With great success in his native country, the American Cocker Spaniel only entered France in the 1950s. It was not until 1965 that recognition by the FCI (Fédération cynologique internationale) was official. Note that this breed was popularized in particular by the famous Walt Disney cartoon “Beauty and the Tramp”.
Necessary living conditions and behavior of the American Cocker Spaniel
Even if it is an outstanding hunting dog, the American Cocker Spaniel has brilliantly succeeded in its reconversion as a pet. It is a docile and charming animal who appreciates children and who has no trouble cohabiting with his other congeners. Affectionate and friendly, he is full of joie de vivre and possesses a great deal of balance. As he is gentle and intelligent, he is easy to train. In addition, he can adapt to living in an apartment as long as he goes out as often as possible for walks and some physical exercises. In any case, it will be more fulfilled if it evolves in large spaces or, at the limit, in a house with a large fenced garden.
Diet and main health problems of the American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel can be the victim of a number of diseases such as hip dysplasia, eye conditions, heart defects, hemolytic anemia or even ear infections. His diet is not very specific.
Price of an American Cocker Spaniel Dog or Puppy
- Price American Cocker Spaniel male: 980 €
- Price American Cocker Spaniel female: € 1,050
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