DogCast Radio
Home Episodes Articles Blog Breed profiles Book reviews Photos Contact

American Cocker Spaniel breed profile

Training and intelligence
Cocker Spaniels are not the most intelligent dogs, but they make up for this in enthusiasm and wanting to please.

Cocker Spaniels love their families, especially children, in fact they love everyone. These are happy, affectionate dogs whose tails virtually always wag.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Everyone is a friend to a Cocker Spaniel, and they want to greet them warmly. Some may have a tendency to shyness, which good socialisation will help.

Grooming and shedding
Cocker Spaniels are medium shedders, their coat will grow very long, but can be clipped short for easier maintenance.

They like lots of exercise. Cocker Spaniels are the smallest of the gun dogs so they have plenty of exercise and stamina.

Need for company
Cocker Spaniels like to be with their people best, but will tolerate being left for short periods.

Cocker Spaniels can be difficult to housebreak, and some love to bark just because they enjoy it; persevering with training will help with either of these problems. One of the worst problems with this breed is that popularity has lead to some doubtful breeding - make sure you get your dog from a reliable breeder.


you are so so so lucky! i am desperate for a pup, though it ll probs be an english cocker spaniel. do your dogs have there tail docked? where did u get them?

I got a American Cocker Spaniel at home. They are the sweetes dog !!

I have 4 American Cockers and ADORE them. I wouldn't have any other breed. They are the sweetest, most lovable dogs. But can also be spoiled. I just cannot resist those big droopy eyes and long floppy ears. Melt you everytime.

Last year I adopted a black male American Cocker Spaniel from the local pound. He had been found wandering and his owner hadn't claimed him. Since he was about 10 at the time, I couldn't understand this. He wasn't mistreated, though. He loves everything and everybody and isn't afraid of anything. Cannot imagine life without him now. What a sweetie he is!

I adore cockers! I had two, but one was hit a few years ago. Very upsetting. I still have one who just loves meeting everyone. He doesn't like men though. Not sure...

I had my American Cocker Spaniel from when she was a puppy. She was called Sadie. She was a perfect member of our family, my best friend growing up, and she was such a lady! Unfortunately, we had to have her put to sleep earlier this year as she was an old lady and wasn't very well. I miss her so much. The best dog in the world.

Awww I love them their sooo sweet. we're getting a dog soon but from the rescue centre and i doubt they'll be any cocker spaniels coz their quite a bit of money arent they? anyways, i will love whatever dog we get! <3 xx


208 - Benefab and Jayda finds a home

In Episode 208 of DogCast Radio, you can hear how Kat Chrysostum invented benefab, a fabric that is helping dogs to life as healthily and happily as possible. When Duschanca Singh met rescue dog Jayda at the Mayhew, it was love at first sight. Plus the DogCast Radio News with stories of dogs around the world who are being bribed, learning to cope with being blind, training to lead visually impaired people - and one emotional roller-coaster of a story!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.