The Solid Colours Cocker Spaniel Association

Characteristics of Cocker Spaniels

Gold PuppiesCocker Spaniels are lively, intelligent dogs that were originally bred as working gundogs. Nowadays the breed is divided into two distinct strains, the show-type and the working type. Few show-type cockers are actually trained to the gun, but they have still retained many of their instincts. They make very good companions and family pets provided they are given careful training and socialisation as youngsters.

Black and Gold CockersAs previously mentioned, careful training and socialisation of Cocker Spaniels is essential. As they are lively and intelligent, if left to their own devices, they may quickly develop behavioural problems. They are not a dog that can be left on their own for long periods of time, when they may become disruptive and destructive. They are not a suitable pet if you are out at work all day.

Babes in ArmsIf, after reading this, you feel you have the time and energy to devote to a Cocker Spaniel puppy, you will be rewarded with a devoted companion and friend for many years. Cocker Spaniels are generally a healthy breed of dog, with a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years. There is a lot of help available to you. Many Veterinary practises run puppy socialisation classes, which can be invaluable, and they will also be able to refer you to puppy training classes for basic obedience. This Club produces a puppy training booklet, which can be put into action the moment you bring your puppy home from the breeder - please contact the secretary for information on how to purchase.

Cocker Spaniels of the following colours are represented by this Club - Black, Red/Golden, Chocolate/Liver, Black and Tan and Chocolate/ Liver and Tan. The difference between Red and Golden, and Chocolate and Liver is one of depth of colour.
If you click on any of the photos below you will reach a typical example of the colour described.

Black  Red/Gold  Black And Tan

 Liver/Chocolate  Liver/Chocolate & Tan

Colour availability in the UK: Black is the most widely available colour, Red/Goldens, Black & Tans are difficult to find, but not impossible and Chocolate/Liver, Chocolate/Liver & Tan are very rare. NB:If you are interested in a "rare" or unusual colour, please read this leaflet from the Kennel Club first: Unusual Colours