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The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest of all the spaniels and sporting group. It dates back as far as the 14th century, when it was born in the same litters as English Springer Spaniels. While the larger Springer pups were used for flushing game, the smaller littermates were used for hunting Eurasian woodcocks, hence the name “Cocker.”
An active sporting breed, the Cocker Spaniel takes easily to the water and can be an excellent gun dog. In addition, their intelligence and gentle demeanor lend them to being wonderful family dogs. There are two breeds of modern Cocker Spaniel – the English Cocker, which is taller with a narrow head and chest, and the American Cocker, which is shorter with a domed head and short muzzle.
Despite their excellent swimming abilities and great demeanor, Cocker Spaniels are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cocker Spaniels are prone to include skin conditions such as seborrhea and atopy; eye issues such as retinal dysplasia and entropion; and blood diseases such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA).
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cocker Spaniel inherits his dad’s skin problems or his mom’s bad eyes, you’re covered.