BREED STANDARD ENGLISH COKER SPANIEL
The goal of creating cocker spaniels was to obtain a small hunting dog, able to work closely with the leader, to search for and scare the game from impenetrable shrubs. The result was a harmoniously built dog with a strong, compact body, excellent instinct and temperament. It is these qualities that we strive to preserve in the dogs of our kennel.
Cocker spaniels were recognized as a separate breed shortly after the formation of the Kennel Club of England in 1873. Here’s how the official breed standard describes the Cocker Spaniel:
Use: Search and scare game.
FCI classification: Group 8. Retrievers, Spaniels, Water Dogs.
Section 2. Spaniels.
With performance tests.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY
Cocker spaniels were recognized as a separate breed shortly after the formation of the Kennel Club in 1873. The breed was defined as a spaniel frightening game and its name is derived from the English word cocker – “woodcock”. Like a number of other hunting breeds, there is currently a difference between the dogs used for work and for the show: the cocker show is stronger and stronger than its working counterpart.
Cheerful, strong, sporty, well balanced, compact.
BEHAVIOR / TEMPERAMENT
A cheerful character, the cocker constantly wags its tail, showing typical vibrant movements, especially when smelling smells. Fearlessly goes into dense thickets. Gentle and affectionate, full of life and optimism.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: The length from the withers to the ground is approximately equal to the length from the withers to the base of the tail.
HEAD \ CRANIAL REGION
SKULL: Well-developed, clean lines, not too elegant and not too rough.
STOP: clear, in the middle between the tip of the nose and the occipital protuberance.
HEAD \ FACIAL REGION
NOSE: the nose is wide enough to provide a keen sense of flair.
JAWS / TEETH: the jaws are strong, with a regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth tightly overlap lower teeth and stand perpendicular to the jaw.
Cheeks / cheekbones: do not protrude.
EYES: large, but not convex. Dark brown or brown, never light. For chocolate, chocolate roan and chocolate-white color – dark nut, in harmony with the color of the coat; look expressive and soft, but attentive, bright and cheerful; the eyelids are tightly pressed.
EARS: long, set at eye level. The edge of the ear should reach the tip of the nose. Well-dressed with long, straight silky hair.
NECK: medium length, muscular, smoothly turning into sloping shoulders. Without suspension.
CASE: sturdy, compact.
TOP LINE: strong, even, smoothly descends from the end of the lower back to the base of the tail.
LOIN: short, wide.
BREAST PART: Well developed, deep, neither too wide nor too narrow in front. The ribs are well bent.
TAIL: set slightly below the line of the back. Fun and runs at the back level, never lifted up. Previously usually stopped.
DOORED: not too short and not too long to hide or interfere with active, fun activities during work.
UNCUPPORTED: slightly curved, of moderate length, proportional to body size, does not upset the general balance of the dog; ideally does not fall below the hock. Strong at the base and tapering to an end; well dressed. Cheerful in movement, should be carried no higher than the level of the back and never so low that it would demonstrate shyness of the dog.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: with a good skeleton, straight, short enough to concentrate. But not too short to obstruct the movements of this magnificent sporting dog.
SHOULDERS: clearly defined, obliquely set.
FRONT FEET: Strong, with thick pads, like a cat.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: broad, rounded, very muscular; with a good skeleton.
KNEE JOINTS: Well defined.
HOCKING JOINTS: Metatarsus short for vigorous movement.
HINDQUARTERS: Strong, with thick pads like a cat.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: regular, very energetic movements with a good swing.
COAT: Smooth, silky, never stiff or wavy, not too plentiful and never curly. Paws are well covered with hair, the body and hind legs are above the hocks.
COLOR \ CONTINUOUS
Black, red, gold, liver (chocolate); black and tan; chocolate tan, white spots not allowed, with the exception of the mark on the chest.
COLOR \ SPOT
DOUBLE: Black and white; red-white; lemon white; chocolate white. All with or without nettle.
THREE-COLORED: Black and white with tan; chocolate white with tan.
WEEK: Light blue; red-tailed; lemon roan; chocolate roan; tan blue with tan; chocolate roan with a tan.
Colors and markings other than those indicated above are undesirable.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
APPROXIMATE GROWTH FOR MALES: 39 – 41 cm.
EXAMPLE GROWTH FOR FEMALES: 38 – 39 cm.
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 13 – 14.5 kg.