Dog Breeds: Cocker Spaniel temperament and personality

Cocker spaniel dog

The Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel dog is one beloved friendly and loyal pet. It has beautiful looks and it is fairly difficult to groom.  This pet always has a great disposition for playing and being around the family.


The Cocker Spaniel is a descendant from a line of Spaniels on a date that stays as an antiquity.  Their name suggests that they were originated in Spain.  Despite its antique ancestry, the Cocker Spaniel dog was not recognized as a pure breed but until 1892.

The conquistadors brought the breed to America.  Today´s modern dog breeds include the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel.

Physical Characteristics

The English Cocker Spaniel is usually bigger than its American counterpart.  Males can stand at 15 inches tall and the female can do 4.  They were created as gun dogs to cover small areas to flush birds for hunters to shoot.  Once a bird is shot the Spaniel will retrieve it with a soft mouth.

Temperament and Personality

This dog is sweet, gentle, playful, affectionate, and cuddly.  He is a sensitive dog so he will not respond well to harsh treatment.  They love to be a part of family activities.

Caring for a Cocker Spaniel dog

The Cocker dog is well fit to live in an apartment or condo.  He will the happiest if you place him on a backyard, though.   It only requires a 30-minute brisk walk as an exercise.  After you are done with exercising, bring him inside the house with you.  They do not enjoy being left alone outside.  They will bark, dig, and engage in some other mischievous activity.


They are fairly easy to train.  They are obedient dogs.  Train them with positive rewarding and you should be fine.

Fun facts

  • Cocker have become very popular.  Therefore, irresponsible breeders sell them all the time.
  • Train him to obey a “silent” command as they usually bark a lot.
  • This might not seem fun but, you will have to make important investments in grooming services.  It is best to take it to the professionals.