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American vs English

Long silky hair, floppy ears, short tail always wagging, eyes begging for you to play with her. Yes, we would be talking about none other than a Cocker Spaniel?

Cocker Spaniels were named for their skill at flushing out the woodcock game bird. Originally bred in England as a gun dog, the breed was brought to North America in the late 1800’s. Over the years, the breeds diverged and became different enough that the English Cocker is now considered a distinct breed from the American Cocker. The key difference lies in the coat. American Cockers have long, silky, wavy hair,

English Cockers have a rougher, curlier coat. Perhaps less obviously, American Cockers may weigh a bit less than English Cockers, the former averaging 15 – 30 pounds and the latter weighing in at 28 – 34 pounds. The remainder of this article will deal with the American variety.

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