Dog Breed List
Choosing a Breed
Where in Canada?
Go Home

CanaDogs.comCanaDogs logo
"May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am"


American Cocker Spaniel



What dogs?! These are my children - little people with fur who make my heart open a little wider.
- Oprah Winfrey about her American Cocker Spaniels, Sophie and Solomon

American Cocker Spaniel puppies

Boutyme's Fully Charged, "Nitro" and
Ch Boutyme's Fairly Sweet, "Fanny"

American Cocker Spaniel adult
Boutyme's Fully Charged

The various Spaniels originated in Spain and have been known in Britain and Europe since the 14th century. 

In the 1800's Spaniels were divided into two groups; Springer Spaniels whose  function was to "spring game", and Cocker Spaniels named for their ability to flush and retrieve birds (woodcocks) from dense undergrowth. 

The American Cocker Spaniel evolved from the original English Cocker Spaniel. Although he is the smallest member of the Sporting Group, the American Cocker Spaniel is a sturdy dog capable of considerable speed and great endurance.

The American Cocker Spaniel stands up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder and has a long, thick, silky coat. It can be black, black and tan, brown, brown and tan, all shades of buff from silver cream to a dark red, or parti-coloured (two or more definite colours, one of which must be white). The American Cocker's coat sheds and requires regular brushing and trimming. 

The American Cocker Spaniel is a very popular pet. He has a loving temperament and is great with children. Known as the 'merry Cocker', he is friendly, lively, and active. He enjoys family life, and his size allows him to fit in most home environments. His sociable nature blends well with other household pets. Intelligent and trainable, American Cockers have done extremely well in conformation, obedience, and agility.

As an active and energetic sporting dog, the American Cocker Spaniel needs regular exercise to combat a tendency to gain weight. He should have a home with a fenced yard and an owner who is patient and will not spoil him.


Buying a Puppy
Dog Titles 

Disaster Proofing

Clubs and Organizations

 American Cocker Spaniel Club of Canada





List Me! Button

Maple Leaf Breeders

Maple Leaf

CKC American Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Jacqueline Ambler, Boutyme Perm Reg'd


British Columbia


Heather Vallance
Qualicum Beach, BC   V9K 2A6
(250) 752-2025






Jacqueline Ambler
200 College Avenue
Regina, SK   S4N 0W6
(306) 525-0961

Boutyme Perm Reg'd




Fay Brugger
Thunder Bay, ON  P7C 5V5
(807) 964-1801

Copper Cliff Reg'd

Carol M. Chalmers
18420 Mountainview Rd, RR#2
Caledon East, ON  L0N 1E0
(519) 927-9765

Jomardi Reg'd

Vickie Umpleby
Tottenham, ON  L0G 1W0
(905) 936-5399

Nonnies Reg'd



Cocker Spaniel Rescue of British Columbia
Carol Jackson
(604) 716-3647

Angels under our Wings
Victoria, BC

West Coast Cocker Rescue
Vancouver, BC





Did you know?

The 1955 Disney
animated classic,
"Lady and the Tramp",
stars an American Cocker Spaniel in the title
role of Lady. 



Top of Page