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The Cocker Spaniel
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For a dog with an overall cheerful disposition, the Cocker Spaniel from England is a lively and affectionate breed, which is easy to train due to it's intelligence and willingness to learn. Because of this eager outlook, it is not necessary to be overly firm with Cocker Spaniels, although training must still be consistent. Cocker Spaniels weigh in at approximately 29 pounds, and stand anywhere from fifteen inches to sixteen and a half inches (38 cm - 41 cm).
Cocker Spaniels have a medium length coat consisting of smooth hair which should never be curly. They do need a regular regimen of thorough combing and brushing, and should be professionally groomed a few times every year to have dead hair plucked by hand. Their ears also require frequent cleaning. As far as exercise requirements go, Cocker Spaniels are happy with three daily walks, but also benefit greatly from an uninhibited romp in the countryside. They generally get along nicely with other dogs and household pets, and play well with children. Cocker Spaniels are known to have a fascination for the water, and are quite fond of swimming.