The American Cocker Spaniel is a beautiful dog breed that has long ears, a circular shaped head, and a fine coat. The coat is medium in length and will have a texture that can be likened to silk. It will have a broad muzzle, and the jaw will be square in shape. The upper lip of the dog should cover the lower lip. The teeth are powerful and should form a scissors bite. While the nose will be black on some of these dogs, it will be brown on others.


Though the eyes have a round shape, the rim should have the shape of an oval. The dewclaws on both the front and back legs should be removed. There are numerous colors that are acceptable for the coat, and some of these are black, tan, white, red, or a combination of these colors.

Also Known As

Cocker Spaniel


The American Cocker Spaniel is a great breed that can be used as a gundog. It has a personality that is charming, sensitive, and kind. The American Cocker Spaniel is the ideal family dog and is good with children. These dogs respect the guidance of their masters and are never dominant.

Their cheerful disposition can be seen by the many times these dogs will wag their tails. American Cocker Spaniels only have standard levels of intelligence, and they should be trained while they are puppies so that they are not timid when they get older.

Health Problems

These dogs have a number of health problems. Some of these are glaucoma, hip dysplasia, entropion, PRA, allergies, liver disease, and urolithiasis. Of all the existing dog breeds, American Cocker Spaniels are prone to getting the largest number of diseases. They should only be purchased by owners who will have the necessary expenses to care for them. These dogs have a maximum life expectancy of 15 years.


American Cocker Spaniels have large amounts of endurance. To harness this endurance, owners will want to give them large amounts of exercise. When these dogs are led on the leash, they should not be led into places where their fur could get tangled in bushes.

Special Grooming Needs

The eyes of these dogs need to be cleaned consistently. Though the coat can be kept long, it will need to be trimmed. When the coat is brushed, owners will want to avoid pulling on the fur. American Cocker Spaniels shed a standard amount of fur. Owners will want to reserve time for caring for these dogs.