The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of sporting dog reared for competitions, with close affiliations with the British Cocker Spaniel. The middle name cocker dates back to England, where the dog was used for flushing out woodcock birds.
American Cocker Spaniels are the smallest sporting dogs accepted by the American Kennel Club. They are fluffy dogs with large ears falling down the side of the head like hair, making them appear glamorous. American Cocker Spaniels stand between 13.5 and 15.5 inches high and are specially designed for dog shows and competitions.
American Cocker Spaniels are gentle dogs that love interacting with their owners. Unlike their British compatriots, they were bred for sport and as pets. The American Spaniel is not timid and will hold its end when confronted. It is an adorable little mutt made to star in dog competitions.
· The first recorded sighting of a Cocker Spaniel in America was reported in 1620 on the Mayflower; however, it was only accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1878.
· An American Cocker Spaniel was the first cancer-detecting dog; it can identify cancerous cells by smell.
· American Cocker Spaniels go by the "Merry Cocker" alias because of their happy and easy-going temperament.
· In IQ tests carried out in the 1950s and 1960s, American Cocker Spaniel showed an ability to show restraint and delayed response to triggers. Hunters looked for such traits in dog breeds because of the ability to freeze and retrieve game.
· American Cocker Spaniels are generally happy dogs that socialize easily; however, they can become stressed and anxious when left alone