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American Cocker Spaniel

Interesting Fact: The American Cocker, originally bred for hunting birds, is the smallest breed in the sporting Group.  It is most commonly a companion pet.  The English Cocker, from which the American Cocker was derived in the 1930s, remains primarily a hunting dog.

Appearance: The American Cocker Spaniel is a small breed with a long coat and feathering on the ears and legs.  They are sturdily built with large dark eyes and long ears.

Personality: Lively and enthusiastic, the Cocker has moderate energy.  It is friendly and generally good with children and other pets.  Poor breeding practices in the past have led to some unbalanced/aggressive Cockers, but the breed is generally affectionate, active, and alert.  This dog loves games and fetch, and enjoys classes in agility or nose work.  True to its roots, he is sporty and, while small, makes a great hiking or jogging companion.

Size:  24-28 lbs          Life Expectancy:  10-15 years

Common Health Problems: Cockers are prone to ear infections, as are most dogs with folded ears. Glaucoma, Cataracts and other eye problems are seen, as well as skin allergies.

Best Match: The American Cocker Spaniel can be a good dog for a novice or first-time dog owner, but is very people-oriented and tends to be destructive if left alone too much.  If you have the time, this sweet and playful dog is eager to please and fun to own.  They require daily brushing and monthly grooming.


Featured Adoptable: Bella is a 5-year-old adoptable American Cocker Spaniel.  She is a typical “wiggle-butt” Cocker, and wants to be queen of her home.  She does not do well with small children; she is housebroken and gets along with cats.  She also gets along well with other dogs but would prefer to be the only one in her home.  She is a very sweet dog and will make someone a great companion and exercise buddy.  If you’re interested in Bella, call Carol at 503-957-6656 and visit

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Megan Mahan lives with visiting foster animals, quite a few fish, and her boyfriend in Eugene, Oregon.  She is excited to now be with Spot full time, and devotes much of her free time to fostering pets and creative writing.  From her high school gig as Dog Bather to her more recent years working at the Santa Cruz SPCA where she was contributing editor of the newsletter, Megan has always lived, loved and worked with animals.