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Cocker Spaniel – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Cocker Spaniel - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Cocker Spaniel

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1878
  • Lifespan: 10-14 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate*

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Originally bred as hunting dogs in the United Kingdom, Cocker Spaniels got their name from the game that they hunt, the Eurasian woodcock. The dogs are a member of the Spaniel family.

The breed is the 29th most popular breed in America and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878. The male Cocker Spaniel can grow, on average, to 15.5 inches in height while the female grows to 14.5 inches. As they are bigger, healthy male adults weigh up to 30 pounds whereas female adults weigh up to 25 pounds.

The Cocker Spaniels within the United States are smaller than the English Cocker Spaniels and the UK Kennel Club recognized them as a different breed in 1970.

The English Cocker Spaniels are considered as the descendants of Obo, whereas the American Cocker Spaniels are descended from Obo II (the son of Obo).


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Cocker Spaniel in 1878. These medium energy dogs are known as gentle, smart and happy.

They make the perfect family dogs as they love to play, are good with children and other neighborhood dogs. These active dogs don’t bark unless necessary, so the neighbors won’t make noise complaints.  


The Cocker Spaniel is balanced and ideal in size. There isn’t any part of its body that is too big or too small for its frame.

The dog stands straight on his forelegs with his back sloping downward slightly. As the smallest member of the Sporting group, this breed has a compact, strong body with great endurance and speed.

Their eyes are slightly almond-like and generally dark brown in color. The ears are long and hang below the eye line covered with hair. The coat is short to medium length and is well-feathered and flat or wavy in texture.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


With plenty of hair, a Cocker Spaniel’s coat must be groomed regularly. Seasonal shedding is to be expected from a Cocker Spaniel.

Trimming the coat can be done without altering its natural line. Excessive curling can be penalized during competitions.

Eyes and ears require regular attention to prevent infection or buildup. Nail clipping is done to prevent cracking and overgrowing. Brush the teeth regularly to maintain dental health.


The Cocker Spaniel has medium energy. These dogs are active and are compassionate companions.

They enjoy a good brisk walk and playtime with the family or with the neighbor’s pets. They can be trained easily as gun dogs, show dogs and of course as a family pet.

30-45 minutes of exercise per day is recommended on a daily basis to meet the minimum requirements for their health.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 30” dog crate* for most adult Cocker Spaniels.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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