english cocker spaniel breed information
common health issues
The English Cocker Spaniel is descended from the first spaniels to be brought from Spain to England centuries ago. Like her close cousin, the American Cocker Spaniel, she was used to hunt woodcock (hence her name), and she still possesses great speed and swimming abilities.
The English Cocker is taller and slightly larger than her American cousin – averaging between 25 and 35 lbs. – with a longer, more Springer Spaniel-like muzzle. Her soft, silky coat can be a variety of solid colors, or multi-colored, and just needs regular brushing to avoid mats. To avoid confusion between the two breeds, the English Cocker was recognized as separate from the American Cocker Spaniel by the American Kennel Club in 1946.
The English Cocker is known as an able hunting partner and friendly family member, enjoying the company of children and other pets. An intelligent, sociable dog, she prefers not to be left alone, and thrives best with plenty of daily exercise.
Despite her sporting skills, the English Cocker Spaniel is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses English Cockers are prone to include skin conditions such as atopy; ear conditions such as otitis externa; heart conditions such as cardiomyopathy; liver conditions such as chronic hepatitis; 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 English Cocker Spaniel inherits her dad’s skin problems or her mom’s bad eyes, you’re covered.