Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 14 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

High

Best For

The Cocker Spaniel is best for lively homes, whether large or small, and they do well with kids or other pets. Pup parents should be willing to commit to spending extra time tending to their...

The Cocker Spaniel is best for lively homes, whether large or small, and they do well with kids or other pets. Pup parents should be willing to commit to spending extra time tending to their fabulous silky coat.

Cocker Spaniel Temperament

Cocker Spaniels are generally happy dogs who get along with most two- and four-legged friends. This makes them a great companion for families with kids and babies or other pets. Some Cocker Spaniels make good therapy dogs, too, but it will depend on your pup’s individual temperament. Gentle a...

Cocker Spaniels are generally happy dogs who get along with most two- and four-legged friends. This makes them a great companion for families with kids and babies or other pets. Some Cocker Spaniels make good therapy dogs, too, but it will depend on your pup’s individual temperament.

Gentle and loving dogs, Cocker Spaniels enjoy the company of their humans. You can expect they’ll want to be where you are, usually not straying too far away. While usually Cocker Spaniels are pretty laid-back pups, they are not couch potatoes. They are born hunters, so they are thrilled to participate in dog sports, agility trials and playtime with you.

They are adaptable and can make themselves at home in an apartment in the center of town or on an acreage in the country. (They do tend to bark, so they will make some noise!)

Cocker Spaniel Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

High

Best For

English Cocker Spaniels are best for active pup parents, either singles or families with children and other dogs and those who are willing to brush—and brush—lots of fur.

English Cocker Spaniel Temperament

The English Cocker Spaniel temperament is truly delightful as this little pup is eager to learn and please. With a playful personality and loads of smarts, an English Cocker pup gets along well with other dogs in the home and can even mix with cats. And if you’...

The English Cocker Spaniel temperament is truly delightful as this little pup is eager to learn and please. With a playful personality and loads of smarts, an English Cocker pup gets along well with other dogs in the home and can even mix with cats.

And if you’re thinking of adding an English Cocker Spaniel to the mix with kids, you can rest easy. Biting and aggressive tendencies aren’t expected or the norm with this sweet breed. English Cocker pets aren’t huge barkers and can live well in small homes and apartments, which means your neighbor won’t bang on the wall to complain. (Instead, she’ll ask to come over and pet your pretty pooch!)

Still, as with all dogs, early socialization is a must. If you start early, you’ll get your pup used to their new environment, which means they’ll react in a friendly way in unfamiliar situations, with strangers and other canines. In general, the English Cocker Spaniel puppy is typically easy to train since they’re both motivated and intelligent.

As a long-time member of the Sporting group of dogs, the English Cocker Spaniel worked hard alongside bird hunters as they hunted woodcock to flush game from dense underbrush. This means playing fetch in the backyard is a walk in the park for this energetic animal. First-time pet parents won’t struggle much to teach and train their English Cocker Spaniel puppy as their years of service and can-do attitude make learning a pleasure.

English Cocker Spaniel Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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