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The English Cocker Spaniel is a medium-sized, compact dog. Coat colours include solid black, liver or red. English Cocker Spaniel are an intelligent, sturdy and robust dog. They are lively, perky and lovable, pleasant, gentle, playful and affectionate dogs and are excellent with children. They are average barkers, are willing and happy to listen to their owners. They are prone to ear infections, especially during the summer, so their ears should be checked often. Regular combing and brushing of the coat is important. Coat types vary within the breed, some coats have an excess amount of cottony hair and are prone to matting, while others are more silky and flat-laying.
Life expectancy: 12-15 years
Originating country: England
Temperament: Playful, Faithful, Friendly.
Interesting fact: Spaniels come in two types: land spaniels and water spaniels. English Cockers are members of the land spaniel family. They take their name from the job they performed, which was to hunt woodcock, a type of game bird.