The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest member of the Sporting Group. He has a sturdy, compact body and cleanly chiseled and refined head, with the overall dog in complete balance and of ideal size. He stands well up at the shoulder on straight forelegs with a topline sloping slightly toward strong, moderately bent, muscular quarters. He is a dog capable of considerable speed, combined with great endurance. Above all, he must be free and merry, sound, well balanced throughout and in action show a keen inclination to work. A dog well balanced in all parts is more desirable than a dog with strongly contrasting good points and faults. (The Standard for the Cocker Spaniel)
Although, a wonderful and popular breed, the Cocker is not right for everyone. Cockers can be excellent family pets. They intelligent and social. However, they require a great deal of attention and care. They, like most breeds can develop behavior problems if not given enough training and attention.
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