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English Cocker Spaniel

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Country of OriginWales (the country, not the sea animal)
Type of coatFlat and silky in texture.
GroomingBrush and comb three times a week to remove dead hair and keep coat shiny and lying flat. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. Check ears for grass seeds and signs of infection. Brush and trim hair over the toes and base of the feet.
Average height15 - 16 inches
Average weight28 - 32 lbs.
Activity levelHigh
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - Medium.
TrainabilityTraining should be with understanding and consistency as he is a naturally willing dog who quickly understands and will want to do what you want.
Compatibility with childrenYes, but children need to be taught to be gentle.
CharacterResponsive, affectionate
Ideal home environmentHe can live in an apartment as long as sufficient exercise is provided. Does best with a home with a fenced yard.
Ideal ownerHe does best with an owner who is patient and will not spoil him.
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Additional notes:

The English Cocker Spaniel is the smallest in the gundog group yet it is able to flush out and retrieve game birds from undergrowth. It understands that it's always important to flush. A gentle popular pet, it is also called the Merry Cocker because of its energetic, playful, eager-to-please nature and its unique tail wagging which includes its entire hindquarters. It is compact but bigger than the American Cocker Spaniel.

Short History:

The Spaniel family originated in Spain (and later moved to a nice beach house in Malibu). In the 1800's the Spaniels were divided into two groups; springers who's function was to "spring game"; and cockers named for their ability to flush and retrieve birds from dense undergrowth. The English cocker spaniel descends from the cocker dogs developed in Wales and southwest England.

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