Cocker spaniel

The cocker spaniel has gained a reputation for being easy to train, eager to please and always happy - even gaining the nickname 'merry cocker'. If you're thinking of buying a cocker spaniel puppy, find out more about them on this page.

Cocker Spaniel in a field with a ring in the mouth

About cocker spaniels

Originally thought to have been called 'cocking spaniels', cocker spaniels (or 'cockers') gained their name from their job flushing woodcock for hunters. Their small size made them ideal for scaring ground-dwelling birds out of the hedgerows.

Despite the nickname, every cocker spaniel has its own personality, which will be formed as much by its environment and upbringing as its parentage. Even the 'merry cocker' will be unhappy if it's not given everything it needs to be happy and healthy, such as space and opportunity to play.

Buying a cocker spaniel puppy

Before buying a cocker spaniel puppy, think carefully about the commitment you're about to make and make sure you're prepared to meet your new puppy's needs.


Every puppy requires regular ongoing training and, despite their reputation for being easy to train, every cocker spaniel puppy is unique and will learn at his or her own pace.

Regular walks

Like any breed, without regular walks and enough to do, your cocker spaniel puppy could become bored and develop behavioural problems, such as destructive behaviour.

Before buying

Make sure the cocker spaniel puppy you choose isn't suffering from any inherited diseases and comes from a reputable breeder. Use the Puppy Contract to avoid these dangers.

You might also want to consider getting pet insurance to help with any unexpected costs while caring for your puppy. 

Adopt a cocker spaniel

Why not take a look at the cocker spaniels in our care?

Before going to a new home, all our dogs are:

When searching for dogs in our care, you can choose to filter by breed and age, and if none are suitable for your family, you can sign up for email alerts so you're the first to hear about any new arrivals.

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