Not everyone knows that there are 2 distinct strains of English Cocker Spaniels, the Show Cocker and the Working Cocker, which have been bred for very different purposes, have very different attributes and indeed very different temperaments.
For this blog we will look at the Worker. It is interesting to know that the Kennel Club only recognise the Show Cocker.
Working Cocker Spaniels, as the name suggests, have been bred as a working gun dog and hunting companion capable of being outside and on the go all day and derive their name from driving Woodcocks from their hiding places. The Working Cocker can make a great family pet as well as a shooting companion but one needs to consider the exercise requirements of such a dog before committing as, without adequate physical and mental stimulation they can develop behavioural problems.
Obviously a working gun dog can encompass a number of different tasks such as pointing, flushing and retrieving and a Working Cocker’s primary function in the field is to find game and flush it within shooting range of the handler. For small to medium sized game such as Grouse and Pheasants the Working Cocker should also be trained to pick up, retrieve and deliver back to the guns.
Life Span: 10 – 15 years
Size: Medium, 12 – 15 Kgs
Coat Length: Medium
Grooming: Regular brushing is a must and professional grooming recommended
Exercise: 2 x 45 minute off lead walks as a minimum
Temperament: Loyal, playful, and gentle. Energentic and eager to learn but need physical and mental stimulation.