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English Cocker Spaniel

Spaniels in various shapes and sizes have been found throughout Europe since the 14th century. Over the years the Cocker has been valued both for its talents as a gundog and as an appealing family pet. Imported to this continent in the late 19th century, American breeders developed their own version of the Cocker Spaniel by the 1930s. This is a medium-size sporting breed measuring 15 to 17 inches at the shoulder and weighing 26 to 34 pounds. The coat is medium long and comes in a variety of colors: black, red, liver, golden, black and tan, and parti-colored (open-marked with white, or roaned in blue, liver, red, orange or lemon, some with tan points as well). Frequent brushing to remove dead hair will keep the coat shining and lying flat. A Cocker will need some tidy-up trimming of the head, throat and around the feet. Shedding can be a problem. The long, feathered ears need special care. The breed enjoys family life and is suited to most accommodations, but watch its diet and make sure it is exercised regularly.

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