Cocker Spaniel Breed Information: Traits, Temperament, Characteristics & More

Cocker Spaniels are sporting dogs. They were originally bred to hunt birds. These days Cocker Spaniels can do many different activities. They are good companions and sensitive therapy dogs. They enjoy retrieving games, and fun activities like fly-ball, agility, Frisbee, and tracking.

Male Cocker Spaniels can grow up to 15 inches tall and weigh between 24 and 28 pounds. Females are usually a little smaller than males. These relatively small dogs have a beautiful, silky coat that is short on the head and longer on the chest, stomach, legs, and tail. The hair can be straight or wavy.

Different Cocker Spaniels Colors

What color is your favorite? black, other solid colors like buff, tan, red, and brown, parti-color like red and white, black and white, and brown and white.


Cocker Spaniels will shed some. They need to be bathed regularly and brushed several times every week, but they would enjoy it everyday.

The spaniel needs professional grooming every couple of months to keep his coat healthy and looking good.

Cocker Spaniels need exercise quite often. It would be a good thing to walk your Cocker Spaniels everyday even if he has a yard. Cocker Spaniels are active and like to play games like hide and seek, fetch, and other activities like fly-ball, and agility, tracking, and obedience.


Similar to the Golden Retriever, the cocker spaniels are cheerful, kind, and gentle. They are playful and affectionate. They like kids and will make a good best friend.

These friendly dogs are often more interested in people than other dogs, so spending time with your Cocker Spaniel will make him a very happy canine!

Cocker Spaniels are very trainable. They love you and they want to learn from you. When you get a pup, let him get used to his new home. When he is a little older, you can start to take him places.

It is a good idea to socialize your pup from an early age so he is comfortable in many different kinds of situations. This will make him a better companion for you.

Cockers are alert dogs and are very good at paying attention. This makes them fast learners in obedience. Teaching your dog obedience will help him become a good citizen and help him to have good manners.

The American Kennel Club says that Cocker Spaniels are the smallest member of the sporting dog family.

Kids with Cocker Spaniels

“My dog, Valley, is very calm and sweet. She is a Cocker Spaniel. She is obsessed with food and knows exactly where we hide her treats and chews. Sometimes she licks the cabinet door for hours.

She can be very cluttered with her toys because she leaves them everywhere. When I pick them all up and put them in her crate and shut the door without locking it, she will open the door with her claws.

She is very well-behaved but she is terrified of bigger dogs unless she has known them as a puppy. She loves getting her tummy rubbed.” Anonymous, Age 13, Nevada USA

“I think I have the most cutest dog (Amigo, American Cocker Spaniel) on Earth :). He is really friendly to all people. He is pretty old but I had him for a long time. He loves cats. I feel like he has something special in him that all cats like him. Well he is the most cutest thing on earth (my opinion). And I love him.” Irem, Age 13, Kuwait

“My dog, Amigo (American Cocker Spaniel) is the best! He is so friendly, sometimes l want him just to be a bit scary. But l love him the way he is. He is eight years old and very cute! If he leaves, it would be the most saddest thing ever. Lots of love and kisses to Amigo!” Lightning, Age 13

“My dog, Molly (Cocker Spaniel), is two years old. She likes to play catch and she likes belly rubs. She has two brothers and one sister. Her mom’s name is Milly. She loves to give kisses and she has sad eyes. Molly loves to go for walks and when someone says walk or W-A-L-K she will go in the closet where the leash is, and will start barking. So that is why I love my dog.” Allyson, Age 10, Ontario Canada

“What I like to do with my dog Pepper (Cocker Spaniel) is give her a bath. I think she is very special to me because she chases the squirrels from the bird feeder. I love her because she is a nice dog.” Christine, Age 10, Ohio USA

“I love my dog, Kellie (Cocker Spaniel/Dachshund), so much, we take walks almost everyday, even when it’s snowing! That is the most fun thing that we do together. We also like to watch TV together on the couch!” Lori, Age 13, Missouri USA

“I love my dog, Tanner (Cocker Spaniel), he is my best friend. He’s cute and cuddly, and if he ever leaves me then I’ll be sad the rest of my life. Then I will never replace him, because he is the best dog you can get and I don’t expect more from him!” Katherine, Age 9, South Carolina USA

“I love my dog, Jack (Cocker Spaniel), because he’s a sweet little puppy and he plays loads of games with me and he nearly chews everything and he is the prettiest Cocker Spaniel I have ever seen.” Lorren, Age 7, Birmingham United Kingdom

“My dog, Ashley (American Cocker Spaniel), and I love going in the snow when it snows. Ashley will eat the snow and then nudge some over to me as if she was saying to me, “Eat it”! I love her and we do a lot of stuff together. Whenever you play catch with her and then you stop, she’ll start to cry and you have to keep playing.” Kristen, Age 10, Virginia USA

“My dog, Angel (Cocker Spaniel), is special and she is my best friend. We are going to puppy training class together. When we go to the Grand Canyon, Angel gets to go with us. Angel’s favorite game is Tug-of-War.” Angel is 5 months old.

“She likes to snuggle with me. She comes running up to me after school.” Danielle, Age 8, Georgia USA

“My dog is a Cocker Spaniel. His name is Dodger. I like to play games, take him for runs and/or walks. My dog is special because he is always there when I need someone to cheer me up. He always listens when I have a problem too!!!” Amanda, Age 10, Chula Vista, California USA

“I have an American Cocker Spaniel. His name is Dusty. He is 13 years old. He is very gentle and sweet. He has many problems though. He is deaf. But he is still great. I have had him all my life and before, considering that he is older than me. My Aunt Carol told me about this website; she was right, this is great. Dusty is a great pet and is one of the best dogs in the world.”

“Wiper (Cocker Spaniel) is an adorable dog. He protects me when someone wants to hurt me. He likes to run and catches flies, is very funny see it! I love Wiper!” Frida, Zacatecas, Mexico

“Socks, a Cocker Spaniel, is three years old. She is black and white, and 14 inches tall. Her parents were show dogs, and Socks has the requirements to be a show dog. She has had 2 litters of puppies, and in both litters there were 6 puppies. Both litters were identical. There were three males and three females.Socks loves to play with her tennis ball and sock.” Katherine, Age 10, Arizona USA

“Hi. I have 5 dogs called: Spunky, Bernie, Scottie, Whinny and Andrex. Spunky, Bernie and Whinny are all Cocker Spaniels. Andrex is a Labrador and Scottie is a rescued Scottish Terrier. How many dogs have you got? My favourite has to be Andrex because we’ve had him since I was four and a half. Bye! Lots a luv”, Lizi, Age 13, Wiltshire, England Britain

There are many Cocker Spaniels around the country without homes. Have your parents call a Cocker Spaniel rescue to adopt a warm, loving Cocker Spaniels just waiting for a home. You’ll be doing a good thing.

Some Famous Cocker Spaniels

  • Lady, star of the classic movie Lady and the Tramp
  • Checkers, U.S. President Richard Nixon’s dog
  • Unnamed Cocker , from the original Coppertone commercials
  • Lucky Bundy , from the old TV show, Married… with Children
  • Butch, the dog who inspired Albert Staehle’s Life magazine covers
  • Feller, U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s dog
  • Buffy, actor Barry William’s dog
  • Sophie and Solomon, Oprah Winfrey’s Cocker Spaniels