Cocker Spaniel Guide – The American Cocker Spaniel
The American Cocker Spaniel (Acinonyx jubatus) is one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world. They are known for their loyalty, love of family and being very intelligent.
American Cocker Spaniels are also known for their intelligence. They have been used in many movies such as “Jaws” and other famous films.
They are often called the smartest dog breed in the world!
The American Cocker Spaniel is considered to be a medium sized dog with short legs, long body and a curly coat. Their coats vary from light brown to black or even greyish white coloration. The ears may be straight or slightly curved.
These dogs are very loyal and loving. They are affectionate towards humans but they will not attack them unless provoked. If attacked, they will defend themselves by barking at the attacker.
These dogs do not bark much when playing though.
There are two types of American Cocker Spaniel: Standard and Toy Breeders. There is no difference between these two types of cockspies except for size, weight and coloration.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of dog that is very friendly towards humans and children. They are great for families or people who want a friendly and loving dog as a pet. They make an excellent guard dog since they will bark when they hear something but they prefer to run away from danger rather than attack the source of the sound.
These dogs can be purchased at a low price but proper breeding is recommended to ensure you get all the traits you like in a dog. Below is a list of breeders that sell American Cocker Spaniels.
If you want to have a dog that is loyal, loving, intelligent, and playful then an American Cocker Spaniel is the perfect dog for you. They are also very low maintenance which makes them an excellent pet for people who are busy a lot.
Cocker Spaniel Care
The amount of care an American Cocker Spaniel needs is very low, only requiring daily walks and regular vet check-ups. They are very low maintenance. Most owners do not have problems with these dogs.
However, some problems can include obesity and chewing. Owners must be careful about feeding their dogs too much food. Obesity can lead to health issues down the road.
Owners should make sure to give their dogs exercise and their dog won’t have energy to get into trouble.
Another common problem is separation anxiety. These dogs were bred to be hunting dogs that work all day. They do not like to sit around all day without anything to do.
Owners must make sure they find ways to keep their dog busy and it’s best if they have another person or pet around them so they aren’t so lonely when the owner is not at home.
The average life-span of this breed is 10 to 15 years.
Cocker Spaniel History
The American Cocker Spaniel was bred in England to be a hunting dog. They were bred to flush out birds and small animals from under bushes and into the air so hunters could shoot them. They were bred to have a loud bark so hunters could easily find them in tall grass.
These dogs have been popular among the Royal English families for over two hundred years. They were kept by the royals for hunting and as indoor pets. However, during World War II they nearly went extinct due to many of the royal families losing their homes and their wealth.
After the war was over, dog shows became popular and breeders were trying to restore several breeds of dogs that were nearly extinct. The American Cocker Spaniel was one of those dogs that were restored by dedicated breeders. After decades of breeding, the dog is still in existence today.
The American Cocker Spaniel Club was founded in 1946. This club maintains a helpful database of all the registered breeders and help to resolve disputes within the breed.
In 1959, the American Cocker Spaniel was recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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