American Cocker Spaniel
The word ‘cocker’ stems from the idea of hunting woodcock in England. The American Cocker Spaniel is closely related to the English Spaniel but both breeds diverged during the 20th century due to differing breed standards. The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest of the sporting dog recognized by the AKC.
According to history, they were originally used as hunting dogs but they increased in popularity as show dogs due to their attributes such as long coats which make them less ideal for working.
Being the smallest sporting dog its height is about 13.5 to 15.5 inches. It has medium-long silky fur on the body and ears, hanging down on the legs too. The head is distinctly shaped making it easily recognizable, has an upturned nose, and the ears hang down. They weigh around 24 to 30 pounds with the females weighing slightly less.
They are usually referred to as the merry cocker due to their joyful, outgoing and sociable temperament. They are outright, tempered and very smart. When allowed to socialize early the American cocker spaniel gets along with children, people, dogs, and other animals. They wag their tails continuously and bark excitedly when they are ready to play.