Considered a sporting dog. It is a spaniel type dog that is closely related to the English Cocker Spaniel. It is kid friendly, it is al territorial when it comes to their food so it is best to keep young children away while they eat. They have quite the personality. They need a lot of love, and they have a lot of love to give. They do not like to be left home alone.
Merry, outgoing, friendly and happy but not yappy are all apt descriptions of the American Cocker’s personality.
The American Cocker can exhibit considerable speed and endurance, and shows a keen inclination to work. Though Cockers started as gun dogs, most American Cockers enjoy life as loved and loving housepets. Exercise needs are moderate to high.
The ideal height for a male is 15 in (38 cm) at the withers, while females should be 14 in (36 cm).
The silky coat is flat or slightly wavy and of medium length on the body. The ears, chest, abdomen and legs are well feathered. The hair on the head is short and fine.
The silky coat needs frequent brushing. Some trimming is done on the head, throat and around the feet. Eyes and ears should be checked regularly and cleaned as necessary.