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Here are some amazing facts about the English Cocker Spaniel:

  • English Cocker Spaniels are well known for wagging their tails even when hunting.
  • The English Cocker Spaniel is a distinct breed from the American Cocker Spaniel. However, before the 1930’s, they were viewed as belonging to the same breed
  • In 2004, the English Cocker Spaniel garnered 3rd place in AKC’s top ten popular breeds of dogs.
  • One of the most popular English Cocker Spaniels was named “Shannon”, owned by John Kennedy.
  • The breed got its nickname “Cocker” from being an excellent woodcock hunter.
  • English Cocker Spaniels are among the most popular therapy dogs because of their affectionate nature and loving dispositions.
  • Aside from flushing out game birds from the thick underbrush, they are also known to have natural retrieving instincts.
  • Cockers came from England but trace their ancestors to Spaniels in Spain.
  • The Cocker’s long floppy ears make it prone to ear infections.

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