Cocker spaniels are named for their original job—flushing woodcock birds out of low brush for hunters. Cockers are the smallest of the dogs in the AKC Sporting group and are closely related to springer spaniels.
That being said, cockers are one of the sweetest, warmest family dogs around, and are known more these days for being gentle family companions with a soft mouth. This is a trait most bird dogs share (think Labradors, poodles, and setters). In fact, cockers are so friendly they have absolutely zero talent as guard dogs. They just love everybody!
Check out these beautiful dogs as you learn a little more about the breed.
1. The cutest puppies of all time
2. Gotta keep those ears dry
3. Ok that’s not really a cocker spaniel
4. Cockers have the best smiles
5. Ears for years
6. Serious about having fun
7. Did we already mention the cuteness of cocker puppies?
We had a cocker spaniel growing up. My brother got one for his daughters. Everyone, meet Ryder.
8. Bouncy as a Tigger
9. Classy like Lady
10. Majestic as heck
These super friendly dogs just love being around people (even strangers) so if you’d prefer not to leave your dog alone Rover.com has lots of amazing sitters who offer dog boarding across the country!