The Cocker Spaniel is a sturdy, compact and magnificent-looking pooch. Larger than its American cousin, it weighs 26 to 34 pounds and stands 28 to 41 centimetres at the withers. Its body resembles the working-dog form of the English Springer and Field Spaniels. Cockers have square muzzles with a well-developed skull and their head is well-proportioned to its sturdy body. Their dark brown/brown eyes are full but not prominent. Their charming lobular ears are set low on a level with their eyes.
There is a distinction in terms of the coats of a working Cocker and a Show Cocker. The former has a finer coat with less feathering, while the latter has a flat and silky coat with plenty of feathering. Both should not be wiry, wavy or curly. Feathering is found on the body, forelegs and hind legs above the hocks. They come in fun and adorable solid colours and combinations:
Solid colours: black, golden, liver, and red.
Bicolours: black and white; black and tan; liver and tan; orange and white; lemon and white; liver and white.
Tricolours: black, white and tan; liver, white and tan
Roans: blue roan; lemon roan; liver roan; orange roan; blue roan and tan; liver roan and tan.
Cocker Spaniels have demanding grooming needs, with the show Cockers being more high maintenance. Their long hair needs daily brushing to remove dirt and distribute natural oils. The coat also needs to be hand- or knife-stripped. Taking them to a professional groomer every 3 months will be a great idea to make your life much easier. Bathing can actually be done as needed. If your dog freely roams around in a farm or ranch, it can get muddy and would require frequent baths.
Apart from keeping your dog’s coat clean and healthy, also make sure its nails are trimmed and ears clean. Regularly check for ticks and fleas as these parasites carry deadly diseases. Also make sure its teeth and gums are clean by regular brushing and giving it chew toys that prevent tartar buildup.