American Cocker Spaniel

Known for its good temperament and its lively nature, the American Cocker Spaniel is very popular with dog breeders and families alike. Bred in the USA from the English Cocker Spaniel, the ACS belongs to the gun dog class, making it energetic and intelligent. It is also known for its beautiful coat, which gives a wonderful appearance but needs careful maintenance. Life expectancy is generally between 12 and 17 years.

Physical characteristics

The ACS stands at around 38cm (15½ inches) for the dog and 36.8cm (14½ inches), for the bitch, and weighs between 7 and 14 kg (15-30 lbs). It has a solid frame with the back sloping towards the tail. It has a well-rounded skull and dark forward-facing eyes as befits its status as a gun dog, together with a strong square muzzle. Its ears are long and feathered and set low on the head. Traditionally, the tail was docked, but this practice has now been banned in many parts of Europe.

However, its most striking physical characteristics is its full coat, which is long, has a beautiful sheen and may have a slight wave. Feathering is present on the chest, abdomen, and...

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