English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is a medium sized energetic and friendly dog that forms part of the gundog group

English Cocker Spaniel Breed Group


Size of the English Cocker Spaniel


English Cocker Spaniel Temperament

The breed is friendly and normally makes a good family dog. It mixes well with other dogs and loves the company of humans. If socialised well at an early age English Cocker’s tend to be fine around cats, although care should be taken around smaller pets in the family home.

English Cockers can be prone to hyperactivity if not given the exercise and mental stimulation  they require.

Country of Origin

Great Britain

The English Cocker Spaniel’s uses through History

The English Springer Spaniel was developed in the 19th century and was originally known as the Cocking Spaniel which referred to its role as a working dog used to flush out woodcocks.

English Cocker Spaniel introduction and overview

The English Cocker Spaniel is a friendly energetic gundog which is often confused with the American Cocker Spaniel. The Engligh Cocker is recognisable by its longer face, and does not have the bulbous and skull of the American Cocker Spaniel.

Colour Varieties of the English Cocker Spaniel

This compact and friendly gundog is available in a large variety of colours and markings:

  • Black
  • Black and Tan
  • Black and White
  • Black and White Ticked
  • Black White and Tan
  • Blue Roan
  • Blue Roan and Tan
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate and Tan
  • Chocolate and White
  • Chocolate Roan
  • Chocolate Roan and Tan
  • Chocolate White and Tan
  • Golden
  • Lemon and White
  • Lemon Roan
  • Liver
  • Liver and White
  • Liver and White Ticked
  • Liver Roan
  • Liver Roan and Tan
  • Liver White and Tan
  • Orange and White
  • Orange and White Ticked
  • Orange Roan
  • Red
  • Sable

Size and weight of the English Cocker Spaniel

Height bitch 38-39cms

Height dog 39-41cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 13-14.5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 13-14.5kgs

Exercise requirements of the English Cocker Spaniel

Medium to high. The ECS requires at least an hour of good vigorous exercise daily, ideally off the lead. This is a dog with an impressive amount of stamina and endurance for its size, and not a breed content to live a sedentary life and likes to keep busy.

Is the English Cocker Spaniel a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The English Cocker easy to train and a quick learner, loves to please and one of the few smaller breeds in the gundog group. Prospective owner must appreciate the very high grooming levels this dogs require and be prepared to budget for regular professional grooming sessions to maintain the magnificent long coat of the English Cocker Spaniel.

English Cocker Spaniel coat length

Long. The straight or wavy coat with its fine silky featherings can grow very long. The featherings on the ears may make meal and water times a messy event.

Some heavy coated dogs may struggle in the heat in summer months.

Grooming requirements of the English Cocker Spaniel

High.The ECS requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts from the long, silky coat. The feathers on this breed can grow very thick and long in some dogs and may need professional grooming sessions to keep manageable. The ECS should be dried off after walks in wet weather and after swimming sessions.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection. Ear furnishings should be checked daily for food deposits, burrs and thorns and any matts or tangles gently teased out.


No. The breed sheds quite prolifically throughout the year and therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the English Cocker Spaniel

The breed is generally fairly healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Ear problems
  • Kidney problems

Average lifespan of the English Cocker Spaniel

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.

Approximate English Cocker Spaniel pedigree puppy price

Puppies are normally available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £600-£800. Litters tend to be produce between 3-8 puppies. There were 22,577 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much an English Cocker Spaniel would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 13kgs requires 210gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 14kgs requires 220gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £5.20

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £5.50

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your English Cocker Spaniel that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.