American Vs English Cocker Spaniel Differences



If you are considering an American Vs English Cocker Spaniel, there are many notable differences between the two. Despite sharing a spaniel legacy, the breeds differ in size, head, coat, temperament, and health.

“American and English Cocker Spaniels were simply known as ‘Cocker Spaniels’ when they were first brought to North America in the late 1800s,” according to Vicky Umpleby, champion breeder and handler of Nonnies Cockers. “The dogs bred here (in the states) took on a slightly different look than those originally from Europe.”

Some breeding dogs returned to the British Isles, but most American breeders focused on small, solid-colored Cockers blended with smaller Field Spaniels. English Cocker Spaniels (ECS) and American Cocker Spaniels (ACS) include ‘active, merry sporting dogs’ in the American Kennel Club’s breed standards.

The ACS was first recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1878, while the ECS wasn’t recognized as a breed by the AKC until 1948.

Here are the distinct factors that make the English Cocker different from his American counterpart, if they make good family, and health concerns of which to be aware.


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