Cocker Spaniels: Things You Should Know About England’s Royal Breed

Cocker Spaniels are one of the most loved dog breeds for pets today. Smart, athletic, and full of personality, these pups love people and crave attention from their masters. They love to be with their families at all times—seriously, if you are hiring a shadow, they will gladly apply for the job.

A Cocker’s intelligence and good nature make them wonderful pets. The fact that they have adorable floppy ears and a permanent puppy dog smile only solidifies their position as one of the most popular breeds in America.

Here are some facts about Cocker Spaniels that show just how wonderful they really are.

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Cocker Spaniels Make Wonderful Pets

Cocker Spaniels are very gentle and loving dogs. Any pet parent of this loveable breed will likely tell you that once you own one, you won’t want anything else. They are very affectionate and loyal to their family, and friendly and playful towards anyone they get to know. While they may be shy around strangers, don’t expect a Cocker to be a good watchdog—they are more likely to lick an intruder than scare him or her away!

There Are Two Types of Cocker Spaniels: American and English

The American Cocker Spaniel is slightly smaller with a different head shape and denser coat than their English cousins. The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America was formed in 1935, in part to discourage interbreeding between the two varieties. It was recognized as a separate breed by the American Kennel Club in 1946—though many believe it is harder to distinguish between the two today.

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Cocker Spaniels Were Originally Bred to be Hunting Dog

The English Cocker Spaniel is the ancestor of the American Cocker Spaniel and is thought to have arrived in North America as early as the 14th century. They were bred for hunting, tracking, and as watchdogs. Early on in the 19th century, there was an increase in the desire to have these loving dogs as pets, leading to a smaller version that gave rise to the American Cocker Spaniel found today.

There Have Been a Few Cocker Spaniels in the White House

Cocker Spaniels have been the pets of choice for several U.S. presidents. Richard Nixon and Harry S. Truman both had cocker spaniels while in office. Bill Clinton had a cocker spaniel named Zeke while he was governor of Arkansas, who had the run of the Governor’s Mansion, but sadly passed away before his move to Pennsylvania Avenue.

There is a Royal Cocker Spaniel Too

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Prince William and Kate, Middleton, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the most adored royal couple in the world, adopted a cocker spaniel puppy in 2012. The puppy, Prince Lupo, is the son of a Cocker Spaniel owned by Princess Kate’s mother. Lupo, one of many in the long line of dogs in the royal family, gets to call Kensington Palace home—talk about a lucky dog!

From presidents to royal families, to countless families around the world, it is easy to understand why the Cocker Spaniel is not just a great pet, but also a dog with loyal fans and widespread popularity throughout history.

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