American cocker spaniel

Other names: American Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel

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The American Cocker Spaniel is a robust, solid and compact dog. Harmoniously built and balanced as a whole, he is the smallest of the hunting dogs. He is also appreciated at work for his speed and endurance. The American Cocker Spaniel has a clear appearance and a characteristic expression of cheerfulness.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin United States
Template Average
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 9 kg to 12 kg From 34 cm to 36 cm
Male From 10 kg to 13 kg From 37 cm to 39 cm
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History of the breed

The breed of the American Cocker Spaniel comes from that of the English Cocker Spaniel. Its development began in 1881 with the arrival of a pregnant Cocker Spaniel in the United States. It was from the puppies of his litter that the breed was started. Gradually, it distinguished itself from the English Cocker Spaniel and went from a simple variety to a full breed. The American Cocker was quickly met with success in the United States but was imported into France until 1950 the breed was recognized definitively by the International Kennel Federation on 1 January 1965.

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Physical features

Its coat: flat to slightly wavy, without being too profuse, of silky texture. Short and thin on the head, of medium length on the whole body, associated with an undercoat. The whole gives it good protection. The limbs, ears, abdomen and chest are generously fringed.
Its color: jet black (possibly with tan ends), unicolour (another solid color: from the lightest cream color to the darkest red, with tan ends), multicolored (colors, including white, well distributed).
His head: finely chiseled, with pure lines, presenting an aspect of intelligence, alertness and gentleness. The skull is rounded without exaggeration, the superciliary arches well defined, the stop pronounced, the nostrils well developed, the muzzle wide and high, the jaws square.
His ears: attached, at most, at the level of the lower part of the eye. Thin, long and well trimmed with fringes.
His eyes: slightly almond-shaped (the eyeball is round and occupies the orbit well), looking straight ahead and dark in color.
Its body: length (from the point of the sternum to the point of the buttock) slightly greater than the height of the withers. Neither long nor low on legs. The back is strong, the chest high and descending at least to the elbows, the ribs are well sprung.
Its tail: wagging when the dog is active. Never erect, nor too low.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The American Cocker Spaniel is not only a great hunting dog , but also the perfect companion dog for the whole family . He gets along well with children and his peers, is very attached to his master and is often friendly with everyone . Her sweetness and her joie de vivre are communicative. Balanced, happy and active, he is never fearful. The American Cocker Spaniel is also an exhibition and agility dog.


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Education is not a major problem . Her attachment to her master, her intelligence and her gentleness greatly facilitate her. You just have to make sure it is both firm and soft. Its socialization must be early and of good quality.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The American Cocker Spaniel will always prefer the freedom of the great outdoors, but he adapts perfectly to apartment life as long as he can exercise himself sufficiently. He needs an available master and preferably, to be able to enjoy a large fenced garden .


Ease of gaining weight

Predispositions to certain diseases are present in the American Cocker Spaniel breed. Among these are eye conditions (ectropion, retinal atrophy), ear infections , hemolytic anemia (destruction of red blood cells), hip dysplasia , gum tumor , risk of cardiac malformation (persistence of ductus arteriosus) and incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 7 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an American Cocker Spaniel dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of an American Cocker Spaniel is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The American Cocker Spaniel remains subject to moderate shedding and hair loss . It requires substantial maintenance work , with frequent brushing and regular grooming. Its long, hanging ears should be inspected systematically to avoid deposits of debris and infections.

Brushing should be frequent (2 to 3 times a week) and careful. It is advisable to have it groomed by a professional every 3 months.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
900 €

The purchase price of an American Cocker Spaniel is between 700 € and 900 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an American Cocker Spaniel is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

He needs to stay active . It is recommended that you take him for 2 good walks a day and give him some exercise. He is particularly good at agility events.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1965


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