Cocker Spaniels typically weigh between 24 to 28 pounds. They are one of the smallest of all the sporting group spaniels. Cockers are known for their sweet temperament, affection, cuddly nature, and medium-length silky coat, which can either be wavy or flat. The Cocker can compete in field trials, hunt tests, obedience, rally, agility, freestyle, and other forms of dog performance activities. They are a wonderful family pet and adapt very well to any size home.
Common Health Conditions
- Cockers have more autoimmune diseases than many other breeds, for reasons that aren't clear. Many Cocker Spaniels are prone to autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), in which the dog's immune system attacks his own red blood cells to the point that the dog becomes anemic
- Those long spaniel ears tend to trap warm, moist air inside the ear canals, creating the perfect environment for growth of bacteria and yeast, which lead to ear infections.
- Cockers can also have hypothyroidism, which is the underproduction of thyroid hormone. This can cause weight gain, lethargy, hair loss, shivering and skin infections. Cockers should have their thyroids checked with a simple blood test any time thyroid disease is suspected.