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14+ Historical Facts About Cocker Spaniels You Might Not Know

The Cocker Spaniel is an excellent game hunter. Its distinctive feature is its long ears. Although the ancestors of spaniels were dogs with small ears. The current appearance is the result of the successful work of breeders.

#1 The 19th century English hunting writer Hugh Dalziel, famous author of the book British Dogs, believed that the cocker spaniel became famous for falconry in Western Europe during the time of Charlemagne.

#2 According to one version, the breed received the name “Spaniel” in the XI century. on the initiative of the crusaders, among whom there were many Spanish knights, game birds, and they were accompanied everywhere by small long-eared dogs.

#3 Unfortunately, there is no way to find out the exact origin of the breed and its name. It is only clear that in the Middle Ages, spaniels became widespread in European countries, which was attested by William Shakespeare in his works.

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