- Other names:
- American Cocker Spaniel
- Merry Cocker
The cocker spaniel is a popular small dog breed which is known for their cheerful attitude and beautiful coat. The breed is the smallest dog in the sporting group category, which makes them an easier dog to travel with and keep indoors than many other sporting breeds.
Cocker spaniels are intelligent, loving, trusting dogs. They have a strong desire to please and are excellent with children and other pets. The breed enjoys playing, but since they are a sporting breed they retain strong hunting instincts and will go after any bird, squirrel, or other small animal they see in the yard. In fact, the breed was named after their excellence at hunting the woodcock bird.