American Cocker Spaniel: Dog Breed Profile

Country of origin: USA
Shoulder height: 36 – 38 cm
Weight: 10 – 12 kg
Age: 13 – 14 years
Color: black, red, cream, brown, white spotted
Use: Companion dog, the family dog

The American Cocker Spaniel belongs to the retriever/scavenger dog/water dog group. It was originally bred for hunting but is now of little use for hunting because of its lush coat. Today, the American Cocker Spaniel is a popular companion and family dog.

Origin and history

The American Cocker Spaniel was bred from the English Cocker Spaniel. In 1940, a separate standard was established for the breed. The most obvious difference between the English Cocker Spaniel is the more lush coat and the rounder head.


The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest member (up to 38 cm) in the spaniel group. It is strong and compact built and has a noble head. Its long wavy coat is particularly striking. Its coat can be monochromatic (black, red, cream, brown) or multicolored with white. Its ears are long and lobed and require special care.


American Cockers are considered to be very happy, gentle but also lively dogs that get along well with children and very well with other dogs. They are ideal family dogs. They are considered very alert but are not noisy. However, its hunting instinct requires consistent training, because it is a master at wrapping its people around its little finger. An American Cocker Spaniel also needs a lot of activity, play, and exercise. Unfortunately, the long coat is very maintenance-intensive.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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