American Cocker Spaniel


First Cocker in America is said to have arrived with the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620. American Cockers were developed from the English Cocker in the 19th century. Bred as hunting dogs they still retain some of their hunting instincts, some are still kept as working dogs but most are now commonly found in the show ring or as companions.


Medium sized, sturdy dogs which come in a variety of colours: black, any solid colour other than black, particolours, roans and tricolours. Some tan can also be seen in the coat.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: Labour intensive dogs and need a thorough grooming every day. They also need bathing quite often to clean their skin and minimise odour.
  • Coat Type: Medium Long.
  • Moulting: Little.
  • Exercise Needs: The American Cocker enjoys exercise which they need on a regular basis, but they will be happy to live in a town with its reduced opportunities for free running. They love to swim and retrieve, and will happily play any ‘fetch’ games with the family. They do not really enjoy too much ‘rough and tumble’ play.
  • Average Life Span: Up to 15 years (from healthy stock).


  • Family: Great with children, demanding of the owners time, owners need to be gentle and patient with these dogs.
  • Temperament: Cheerful and intelligent dog, eager to please and very adaptable.
  • Trainability: Easy to train for field work, showing or companionship.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Good with other dogs and pets.
  • Barking: Medium Tendency.


They will both point and fetch game and although still used as a field dog, are today more often seen in the show ring or as companion dogs.


Breed is prone to a number of eye problems.