Cocker Spaniel (American)
Exhibited in the US since the 1880s, the Cocker Spaniel remains one of the most popular breeds according to AKC®. The Cocker has a sturdy, compact body and a silky, flat or wavy coat. He is a merry, well-balanced dog that is capable of considerable speed and great endurance. Cocker Spaniels can be black, black with tan points, parti-colored or any solid color other than black (ASCOB).
As far back as the 14th Century there is mention of the Spanyell, which came to be divided into water and land spaniels. "Cockers" are the smallest of the spaniels and the Sporting Group. The American Cocker has evolved somewhat differently in appearance from the breed now recognized as the English Cocker Spaniel. His desire to hunt renders him a capable gun dog; he covers territory speedily, flushing game and retrieving only when under command. He takes to water readily.
Despite their small size, the Cocker Spaniel is still an active Sporting breed that needs daily exercise. Regular brushing and a trim every few months help keep the coat free of mats. Cockers are intelligent, gentle dogs that thrive as part of a family.
A cocker spaniel should be groomed every 4 – 6 weeks, with special attention to the ears weekly. Cockers are a sporting breed and are bred to flush game in the field and may need to be bathed as often as weekly or bi-weekly to keep them in good shape.
Cocker Spaniels have very heavy ears and are prone to ear problems, use Ear Care to clean the ears and help dry out any moisture deep within the ear, this will help with the odor as well.
Cockers are a sporting breed and are bred to flush game in the field and may need to be bathed as often as weekly or bi-weekly to keep them in good shape. The first bath is for general cleaning to take off the dirt and grime. Any of the Classic Care or Professional Care products are ideal. Follow up with the second bath and target the need of the dog. Outdoor and field dogs may need flea shampoo or a tea tree after flushing game. Cockers with an oily coat may need Energee Plus Shampoo. Cockers are prone to skin problems and a good scrubbing with Luxury Tar & Sulfa Itch Relief Shampoo may be needed. Cockers with normal skin and coat can be bathed with any of our wonderful scent renewal products for long lasting fragrance. Be sure to end the bath with conditioner. This will help with brushing out your pet and keep the coat hydrated to protect against harsh weather conditions.
Cockers have guard coat with a soft wooly undercoat so regular brushing is necessary. Use Aloe Hydrating Spray when brushing out and Dematting & Detangling Spray for general matts. Because of the wooly undercoat shaving may be required if the matting is excessive.
Paw Balm should be used weekly as well, paw pads that are soft and pliable are less likely to dry and crack due to weather conditions or from rocks or stickers in the field.
Show Dog Tips
Use the Aloe Silk before using the flat iron on the skirt and furnishings to protect and keep the hair straight and soft. Use the Freeze! Styling Gel on the jacket and flat dry to hold the jacket in place and leave NO residue. Freeze! Styling Gel can also be used on the bevel of the feet.
Check the eyes after every outdoor adventure and flush if needed with Opti-Soothe Eye Wash
Cocker Spaniels have very heavy ears and are prone to ear problems, use Ear Care to clean the ears and help dry out any moisture deep within the ear, this will help with the odor as well. Cockers are also prone to skin problems, be sure to check the health of the skin when drying your dog after each bath with a high velocity dryer.