English Cockers have a loving temperament and make excellent family pets. They are renowned for their friendly, faithful, playful, quiet, and affectionate natures.
The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest member of the Sporting Group. He has a sturdy, compact body and a cleanly chiseled and refined head, with the overall dog in complete balance and of ideal size. He stands well up at the shoulder on straight forelegs with a topline sloping slightly toward strong, moderately bent, muscular quarters. He is a dog capable of considerable speed, combined with great endurance. Above all, he must be free and merry, sound, well balanced throughout and in action show a keen inclination to work. A dog well balanced in all parts is more desirable than a dog with strongly contrasting good points and faults.
Cocker Spaniels originated in Spain, but were perfected in England and Canada to be the dog that we see today. Though not bred specifically for water retrieval, Cockers are great swimmers and find great joy in fetch and retrieval games.