The Cocker Spaniel is a breed of dog known for its small size and pleasant temperament. A member of the spaniel family, Cocker Spaniels were bred for hunting in the 1800s in the United Kingdom and named for their ability to hunt woodcock, a small shore bird.
Cocker Spaniels are the smallest breed of dog in the American Kennel Club's sporting group. These dogs are prized for being good-natured and for their ability to get along well with other pets. They also get along well with children. The Cocker Spaniel is highly trainable and easy to care for. It is short in stature, with a sturdy, athletic construction that allows for quickness and agility.
This breed features an attractive, wavy coat that requires regular grooming. Cocker Spaniels can be found in several solid colors, including black, brown, buff and red, as well as a variety of color combinations and point patterns. While a Cocker Spaniel is generally able to adapt to its environment and can be kept in most homes, it is still a member of a hunting breed and benefits from regular activity and room to run. Cocker Spaniels are known to make loyal companions and ideal pets for families.