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English Cocker Spaniel

October 6, 2022

English Cocker Spaniels are English dogs classified under gun dogs because of their hunting ability. Unlike retrievers, the English Cocker Spaniel does not go to retrieve the game but instead directs prey towards guns for easier kills.

The English Cocker Spaniel is a friendly and active dog. They are known to produce the most varied litter among all dog breeds.

English Cocker Spaniels are sturdy and well-balanced dogs; they are intelligent and always seem alert. Mentions of the dog date back to 500 years ago when the dog was used to flash out woodcocks in England. They have been bred over time, producing one of the most diverse dog breeds.

Fun Facts

  • English Cocker Spaniels are said to have arrived in America on the Mayflower; a ship used to ferry English families to New England in the 1600s.
  • English Cocker Spaniels are the first cancer-detecting dog breed. Scientists found that cockers could detect cancerous growths on the host.
  • English Cocker Spaniels are associated with Rage syndrome; they suddenly lash out and attack, seemingly unaware of their surroundings.
  • The word Spaniel is derived from Spanish.
  • English Cocker Spaniels are generally happy dog breeds, merry because of their ever-joyous temperament.


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