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Essendariach Kennel

Falling in love with Cocker Spaniels as a breed is very easy, they share the same traits as other spaniels as the most fun loving adorable four legged companion you can ever own.



The English Cocker is no doubt one of the oldest types of land spaniel. Their origins can be traced back to 14th century Spain.   Prior to the 1600's all types of spaniels were categorised together; the larger ones being used to spring game and the smaller ones to flush out woodcock. Hence the names Springer and Cocker were derived. In 1892, the Kennel Club of Great Britain differentiated the two breeds separately. In the 1930's, the Cocker was the most popular breed of dog in Britain and there he stayed for almost 20 years!


These are busy, friendly little dogs who thrive on human companionship, wanting nothing more than to please their owners.         They are ideal pets where there are children about and get on well with other household animals. Cockers can be very manipulative - who can resist their soft, pleading eyes? The sad eyes, however, are a misconception, Cockers are a very happy breed, constantly wagging their tails and bringing 'presents' to one and all.

The Cocker Spaniel was originally bred for working and showing.  Today, the cocker spaniel has split into 2 types, those for show and those for working. Both are recognised by the Kennel Club purely as the "Cocker Spaniel".  This is not to say they do not possess the ability to do both jobs. They do however have distinct physical differences and characters. Both types make ideal pets.


In the Breed Standard "colours" are described as various, today Cockers come in a multitude of different colours including: solid colours of black, red, golden, liver (sometimes described as chocolate), black/tan and liver/tan. Particolours come in combinations of black & white, liver & white, orange & white, blue roan, orange roan, liver roan, blue roan/tan liver roan/tan and tri-colours black white & tan or liver white & tan.