Friday, April 15, 2011

The Appearance of the American Cocker Spaniel

The Coat & Appearance of the American Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniels may have descended from the English Cocker Spaniels, but they have been bred into two very distinguished dog breeds with two very different looks from one another. American Cocker Spaniels have much denser coats than their English Cocker Spaniel siblings; American Cocker Spaniels also carry longer and lower set ears. These Gundogs have short well defined heads with square snouts. The American Cocker Spaniels have eyes that are straight forward, noticeably large, and are downturned. Because of the American Cocker Spaniel's big downturned sad looking eyes and upper lips that slightly hang past their jaw lines, American Cocker Spaniels have their classic pouty puppy dog face that is undeniably cute yet elegant at the same time. It's also very common for American Cocker Spaniels to have their tails docked. This dog breed has a medium sized body which is pretty much evenly proportioned, with their body length to leg length ratio well balanced.

Although there are many striking features of American Cocker Spaniels, this Gundog’s staple appearance attributes have to be their long, fine, silky, dense coats. American Cocker Spaniels have somewhat wavier coats than the English Cocker Spaniels. American Cocker Spaniels have short hair on the heads, medium length hair on the upper halves of their bodies, and long hair on the majority of the bodies. These Gundogs have feathered coat chests, bodies, abdomens, legs, and ears. This dog breed has coats that come in colors ranging from black and white, tans, black, jet black, brown, liver, tan and black, brown and black, tricolor coat combinations, and particolor coat combinations.

If you love American Cocker Spaniels, then check out my blog on Irish Setters!

Keep in Mind:
Because American Cocker Spaniels have such long gorgeous coats, they require high levels of grooming on a daily basis. If you are thinking about buying or adopting an American Cocker Spaniel puppy or dog, or if you already own an American Cocker Spaniel, I strongly recommend that you have your canine touched up by a professional dog groomer on a regular basis or at least once every month to once every two months. If you don't have the time or patience to care for an American Cocker Spaniel’s coat, then don't get an American Cocker Spaniel period. Believe it or not, unhealthy matted coats can seriously harm a dog’s health, in particularly the American Cocker Spaniel's health.

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