Originally bred as a hunting and gun dog; the American Cocker Spaniel is a medium sized, sturdy dog with a broad and deep muzzle. Cockers are not suited to live outside alone in a kennel, thus they will do all right in an apartment, condo, or a small home if they are effectively exercised. This is mainly because the American Cocker Spaniel has plenty of stamina, hence the need for regular exercise.
Being a small and compact dog, the cocker is a loyal and excitable dog breed; it has a natural joyful and trusting character. It is popularly known to be cooperative and eager to please its owner. A well-bred spaniel is a treat to own since it not only adorable but also good with children, the elderly and other pets. The cocker spaniel is happy to snuggle on the couch with adults and also romp in the yard with the kids.
This breed is of typical intelligence and reverent to its owner’s authority; thus equally suited to live as a household pet or as a gun dog. Notwithstanding a number of variations, the America Cocker Spaniel still possess its original hunting streak. One of the most notable Cocker Spaniel features is its silky feathered fur which is particularly prominent on their ears and around their feet. Cocker Spaniels come in a variety of solid color, mere, black with tan points, parti-color, and solid color with tan points. Parti-color combinations include but not limited to white with black, or white with buff or red.
To conclude, the American Cocker Spaniel is an energetic and devoted dog and an excellent family pet. Thanks to its long history as a hunting dog ;it has over the years managed to preserve its characters thus still considered to be an excellent hunting companion. It is the smallest breed of gun dog and also one of the most popular dogs in America.