The English Cocker Spaniel is an alert, compactly built, medium-sized dog. The English Cocker is the smallest in the gundog group. It hunts well in difficult terrain. These days, the English Cocker is more often a companion dog due to its good-natured disposition.
The talents of this breed include tracking, hunting, retrieving, watchdogging, agility, and competitive obedience. It is also called the Merry Cocker because of its energetic, playful, and eager to please nature and its unique tail wagging which includes its entire hindquarters. It is compact but bigger than the American Cocker Spaniel.
Various; self (pure) colors, no white allowed on chest.
Flat and silky in texture.
The English Cocker Spaniels are prone to ear infections and inherited eye diseases. During the summer, the ears should be checked often; they can become host to ticks.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a hardy, energetic, active, merry and lovable, sweet and affectionate dog. It makes an excellent family dog and good companion to children; it is gentle and playful, but does not tolerate teasing well. Usually gets along well with other pets. This breed is highly intelligent; obeys respectfully the orders it is given. The Cocker Spaniel is a moderate barker. Generally it is an outgoing breed, but some individuals can be reserved. Some bitches are fairly dominant; males tend to be more cooperative. This dog is sensitive but also independent and intelligent; it should be trained very gently, but firmly. Cocker Spaniels can do well with cats in the household.
This breed will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It does best with at least an average sized yard.