The Cocker Spaniel – Dog Breed is the smallest member of the Sporting Group (Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs in the UK). They have a firm, compact body shape with a cleanly shaped and refined head. In essence they are well proportioned for their size.
There are two breeds of Cocker Spaniels – The American Cocker Spaniel (Which stands with mid-section lower to the ground) and the English Cocker Spaniel. Because of their closeness to the ground they were better able to follow scent which was essential in the past for hunting although nowadays they are more popular for being a household pet.
Cocker Spaniel Health Issues:
As dog breeds go, they have no major health issues although the most common form of death amongst ten year old plus cocker spaniels was from cancer.