English Cocker Spaniel vs Portuguese Water Dog

Compare the English Cocker Spaniel to the Portuguese Water Dog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between English Cocker Spaniels and Portuguese Water Dogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the English Cocker Spaniel is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the English Cocker Spaniel and Portuguese Water Dog are great with children.
  • Grooming - The English Cocker Spaniel is easier to groom than the Portuguese Water Dog.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the English Cocker Spaniel has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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English Cocker Spaniel vs Portuguese Water Dog
White & Brown Portuguese Water Dog
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielPortuguese Water Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height14-17 in.17-22 in.
Weight26-35 lb35-60 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (England)Portugal
Origin Year1860 AD1297 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh-Very High
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh-Very High
Top Running Speed20 mph22 mph
StrengthLow-MediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium-High
SheddingMedium-HighNone
DanderMediumNone-Low
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielPortuguese Water Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingHighBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminHighVery Low
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielPortuguese Water Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Ear InfectionsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Renal FailureYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielPortuguese Water Dog
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Curly CoatNoYes
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesNo
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Blue RoanYesNo
Blue Roan & TanYesNo
GoldenYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
Lemon RoanYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver & TanYesNo
Liver & WhiteYesNo
Liver RoanYesNo
Liver Roan & TanYesNo
Liver, White, & TanYesNo
Orange & WhiteYesNo
Orange RoanYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Red RoanYesNo
SableYesNo
Sable & TanYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
BrownNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White MarkingsNoYes