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   The Cocker is one of the most well known breeds to the general public. The Cocker is the smallest of the sporting breeds yet capable of considerable speed and great endurance. Unfortunately the Cocker is also prone to some severe health issues.

The Cocker is a small dog with a height of 14-15 inches at the shoulder and weighing about 20-25 lbs.

   The colors are; black, liver/chocolate, buff, tan (these are under the heading “ASCOB” which means “any solid color other than black), and parti color (two colors, one which must be white).

The coat of the cocker is very long and thick. Daily brushing to keep out tangles is a must! The coat requires trimming on the head and body, the legs, belly and ears are usually left very long. Most pet owners trim the legs and skirt so that it is easier to care for especially in wet climates.

   The Cocker is an active dog who needs socialization and training. They can be quite snappy or aggressive if not socialized correctly. American Cockers are not seen in the hunting field much any more.

   Health issues:
Idiopathic epilepsy (seizures of unknown cause), chronic ear infections, Patellar luxation (slipped stifle), Hip Dysplasia, Intervertebral disc disease, Factor X Deficiency, Von Willebrands Disease, Immune-Mediated Blood Disease, Hypothyroidism, Liver disease - chronic active hepatitis, Dilative cardiomyopathy, Sick Sinus Syndrome, Genetic cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Retinal Dysplasia (Folds), Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS, Dry Eye Syndrome), Primary Glaucoma, Prolapsed Gland of the Third Eyelid (“Cherry Eye”), Distichiasis, Ectropion, Entropion, Imperforate Lacrimal Punctum (unopened lacrimal duct), Episcleritis, Optic Nerve Coloboma, Persistent Pupillary Membrane, Corneal Dystrophy, Seborrhea, Allergies.

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