Black, jet black, shading of brown or liver in sheen of coat undesirable; black and tan and brown and tan, with definite tan markings on jet black or brown body; particolors and tricolors.
American Cocker Spaniel Breed
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American Cocker Spaniel Breed Description
4 to 6
Dogs: 25-30 pounds
Bitches: 15-25 pounds
Dogs: 15 years
Bitches: 14 years
AKC Sporting Dogs
Cocker Spaniel, Cocking Spaniel
This beautiful Spaniel has very long hanging ears, a rounded, refined and cleanly chiseled head with an abrupt stop, and a profuse, silky, feathered, medium-length coat. The muzzle is wide, deep and broad with a square jaw. The nose is always black on black dogs, but may be brown on other dogs.
The American Cocker Spaniel has a compact, body with a short back. The front legs are straight, with good bone. Dewclaws on front and rear legs should be removed. Their coat is much thicker than the English Cocker Spaniel has, it comes in buff, black, and other solid colors, black-and-tan (like a Rottweiler or Doberman Pinscher), parti-color (white with black, white with buff or red, white with black and tan points).
Some requirements for correct markings are specified in the relevant standard. Field lines generally have shorter coats which are better suited to work in brush. They also have better hunting instincts. Both types make good pets. This breed is known as the Merry Cocker, their charming personality makes them the world’s most popular household pet. The American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent bird and small-game hunter, great companion, good with children and all around friendly, lively guy.
The Cocker Spaniel is an inseparable friend of children, and respectful of his/her master’s authority without much challenge. This breed is sweet, sensitive and endearing, cheerful and merry. They are happy tail-waggers.
The American Cocker Spaniel dog is equally suited to life as a gundog (bold and keen to work) or as a household pet. They are gentle and trusting, with average intelligence. This breed is lively, playful and devoted, but should be socialized well when they are young to avoid a tendency for timidity.
Cocker Spaniels love everyone and need people to be happy. They can be difficult to housebreak and some like to bark. However they are mostly easy to train and get along well with other animals. This breed is a very popular breed. Beware of poorly bred puppy-mill Cockers as they may have bizarre temperamental changes and behavioral problems. This would include shy-sharpness, which is a combination of fear and dominance that can cause viciousness.
Short and fine on head, medium length on body, with enough undercoat to give protection.
Some major concerns are cataracts, glaucoma and patellar luxation. All are usually genetic, so regular check ups at the vet are necessary. To minimize the risk of your American Cocker Spaniel developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable breeder.
American Cocker Spaniels will do okay in an apartment, but only if they are adequately exercised, and are fairly active indoors. However a small yard is would be a bonus.
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