Cocker Spaniel

Sporting Breed

Puccini and Sparkle, and Katy rescued by the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England

The Cocker Spaniel is an ideal family dog; gentle, loyal, happy and playful.  Yet, be careful where to get your Cocker.  Puppy mill breeding can produce high-strung dogs that may be difficult to train.  Buy from a reputable breeder.  Cockers do not need a lot of exercise but they do need some.  Obesity may be one of their bigger health issues.  Cockers should be groomed a couple of times a week and definitely following a romp through the fields.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Medium and silky Moderate Good with cildren and a first time owner.  Lots of “puppy-mill” Cockers out there – be careful.  Poor-bred Cockers can get nasty.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

The American Spaniel Club




We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.