About the English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniels are affectionate and gentle with those they know. Cheerful, vigorous and well balanced, English Cocker Spaniels are the best known and most widespread of the spaniels.

These short, compact dogs are noted for their happy disposition. They are adaptable dogs who settle well into the family home and make excellent companions for active owners.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

United Kingdom
FCI Group 8, AKC Sporting Group
Avg life expectancy
12–14 translations.feature.breeds.years

Lively / Friendly / Confident / Gentle / Loving


  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Enjoys training
  • Makes a great family dog

Origins of the breed

Cocker Spaniels were recognised as a separate breed from Field and Springer Spaniels soon after the formation of The Kennel Club in 1873. They originated as the “cocking spaniel”, and derived this name from flushing woodcock.

As with a number of gun dog breeds there is nowadays a difference between those used for work and those used for show: the show Cocker is a sturdier, heavier version of their working counterpart.