The President’s Choice-A Cocker Spaniel

By Darin Hosking

The “Checkers speech” made the English and American breeds of Cocker Spaniels famous almost overnight. Richard Nixon made his famous speech on September 23, 1952. Being accused of taking a bribe, Nixon admitted receiving a Cocker Spaniel as a gift from a traveling salesmen. His daughter named the cocker spaniel “Checkers”.

Even though the AKC separates the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel breeds, the term Cocker Spaniel refers to two different breeds of dogs, both of which are simply called Cocker Spaniel in both of their countries of origin.

Other Facts About The English Cocker Spaniel:

The AKC designation is Sporting Dog Group. The Cocker Spaniel was first Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1878.

Physical Characteristics:

The English Cocker Spaniel is an alert, compactly built, medium-sized dog with long ears, reaching at least to the nose when pulled forward. The breed has dark oval eyes with an intelligent expression. The hair is medium length. Other physical characteristics include:

* Broad muzzle with long full ears.
* Common color is liver and white.
* Other colors are noted such as red and white, black and white or deep brown

Size & Height:

* 24 to 28 pounds and stand
* 15 inches tall


* High-energy dogs
* Loves brisk walks and game playing like Frisbee
* Flexible
* Easily trained
* Intelligence and
* Calm demeanor
* Some stubbornness because of their independent spirit
* This breed will not make a good guard dog

Physical Accommodations:

* Can survive well in an apartment
* Require daily exercise as an outlet for their pent up energy

Health Problems:

* Eye Infections
* Cataracts
* Glaucoma
* Ear infections are common

The English Cocker Spaniel is a happy, active dog. This breed is a favorite breed of dog lovers with children. The English Cocker Spaniels are friendly, affectionate and loyal. They do not make good guard dogs because their temperament is so open and friendly. They are open and friendly to strangers.

The Cocker Spaniel has made a name of itself in the history of our country. Presidents and dignitaries all over the world love this affable breed. It might be because of the constant tail wagging that displays their joy of just being around people. These dogs make great companions for anyone who wants a real ego boost when they walk through the front door.

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