The always energetic and enthusiastic English Cocker Spaniel is a medium-sized dog popular for being an excellent companion. This is an active dog which is always ready to move. Its compact shape and short legs enables it to move quickly through dense bushes. Its silky and wavy coat is medium in length and usually comes in the colors black, liver, red and tan. With its soft and gentle expression, this powerful dog will always greet its humans with a wagging tail. The breed’s average life span is 12 to 14 years. 
These dogs are known to have a merry and affectionate nature. They are often playful and friendly towards people they know but tend to be aloof with strangers. English Cockers doesn’t like to be left alone for long periods and are happiest when they are with the people they care about. They are excellent watchdogs because they are sure to let everyone know that someone is approaching through their powerful barks. Like every dog, English Cocker Spaniels require early socialization to help ensure that they grow up to be well-rounded pets. English Cocker Spaniels are very adaptable and they can live in a large house or in a small apartment without problems, as long as they receive their daily requirement of exercise. These dogs need activity to keep them happy and will surely enjoy long walks, runs, games of fetch and other dog sports. 
Spaniel type dogs have been around for a long time and they are found in art and literature dating from 500 years ago. Back then, all spaniels were considered to be the same. The differences began in the middle of the 19th century when the Spaniel Club created breed standards for each type. Out of all the spaniel breeds, the English Cocker Spaniel is the most successful in winning dog shows – winning a total of seven occasions between 1928 and 2009.