Cocker Spaniel Breed Profile


Among the endearing traits of the Cocker Spaniel is that they are cheerful, sweet, sensitive, respectful, happy, gentle, trusting, intelligent, lively, playful and devoted.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is an excellent companion for children.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of the Cocker Spaniel is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight of this breed of dog is around 15 to 30 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to cataracts, glaucoma and patellar luxation. Some minor concerns are hip dysplasia, ectropion, entropion, PRA, allergies, seborrhea, lip fold pyoderma, otitis externa, liver disease, urolithiasis, prolapse of nictitans gland, CHF, phosphofructokinase deficiency, and cardiomyopathy. Occasionally seen are gastric torsion and elbow dysplasia. Also IMHA (also known as Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia).

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with patience on part of the owner. Shedding is average, brush daily. Grooming can be labor intensive.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay an average of around $700 or more per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog has a tendency towards obsessive barking which is the primary reason that they are not suitable for apartment environments.

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