English Cocker Spaniel

ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL

ORIGIN: Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD:
08.10.2012.
UTILIZATION: Flushing dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing
Dogs, Water Dogs.
Section 2 Flushing dogs.
With working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: Cocker Spaniels were
recognized as a separate breed from Field and Springer Spaniels
soon after the formation of the Kennel Club in 1873. He
originated as the ‘cocking spaniel’, and derived this name from
flushing woodcock. As with a number of gundog breeds there is
nowadays a difference between those used for work and those
used for show: the show Cocker is a sturdier, heavier version of
his working counterpart.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Merry, sturdy, sporting; well
balanced; compact.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Measuring approximately the
same from withers to ground as from withers to root of tail.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Merry nature with everwagging
tail shows a typical bustling movement, particularly when
following scent, fearless of heavy cover. Gentle and affectionate, yet
full of life and exuberance.
HEAD
CRANIAL REGION:
Skull: Well developed, cleanly chiselled, neither too fine nor too
coarse.
Stop: Distinct, set midway between tip of nose and occiput.

FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Sufficiently wide for acute scenting power.
Muzzle: Square.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor
bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to
the jaws.
Cheek: Not prominent.
Eyes: Full, but not prominent. Dark brown or brown, never light, but
in the case of liver, liver roan and liver and white, dark hazel to
harmonize with coat; with expression of intelligence and gentleness
but wide awake, bright and merry; rims tight.
Ears: Lobular, set low on level with eyes. Fine leathers extending to
nose tip. Well clothed with long, straight silky hair.
NECK: Moderate in length, muscular. Set neatly into fine sloping
shoulders. Clean throat.
BODY: Strong, compact.
Topline: Firm, level, gently sloping downwards to tail from end of
loin to set on of tail.
Loin: Short, wide.
Chest: Well developed and brisket deep; neither too wide nor too
narrow in front. Ribs well sprung.
TAIL: Set on slightly lower than line of back. Must be merry in
action and carried level, never cocked up. Previously customarily
docked.
Docked: Never too short to hide, nor too long to interfere with, the
incessant merry action when working.
Undocked: Slightly curved, of moderate length, proportionate to size
of body giving an overall balanced appearance; ideally not reaching
below the hock. Strong at the root and tapering to a fine tip; well
feathered in keeping with the coat. Lively in action, carried on a
plane not higher than level of back and never so low as to indicate
timidity.

LIMBS
FOREQUARTERS:

General appearance: Legs well boned, straight, sufficiently short for
concentrated power. Not too short to interfere with tremendous
exertions expected from this grand, sporting dog.
Shoulder: Sloping and fine.
Forefeet: Firm, thickly padded, cat-like.
HINDQUARTERS:
General appearance: Wide, well rounded, very muscular; legs well
boned.
Stifle (Knee): Good bend.
Hock joint: Short below the hock joint, allowing for plenty of drive.
Hind feet: Firm, thickly padded, cat-like.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: True through action with great drive
covering ground well.
COAT
Hair: Flat, silky in texture, never wiry or wavy, not too profuse and
never curly. Well feathered forelegs, body and hind legs above
hocks.
Colour:
Solid colours:
Black; red; golden; liver (chocolate); black and tan; liver and
tan; No white allowed except a small amount on chest.
Particolours:
Bicolours; Black and white; orange and white; liver and white;
lemon and white. All with or without ticking.
Tricolours: Black, white and tan; liver, white and tan.
Roans: Blue roan; orange roan; lemon roan; liver roan; blue
roan and tan; liver roan and tan.
Any colour or marking other than the above is undesirable.

SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height approximately: Males 39 - 41 cms
Females 38 - 39 cms
Weight approximately 13 - 14, 5 kgs
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to
perform its traditional work.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS:
· Aggressive or overly shy.
· Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
N.B.:
· Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
· Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.
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