A Brief History

The breed traces back to the same roots as the Cocker Spaniel in the blood of the famous black dog Obo when his son Obo II was born in Canada from the breeding of one George D Douglas who bred under the Woodstock and Woodland prefixes, in the late 19th century and became a prolific sire. Although the breed started in the USA as a continuation of English type, by the 1920's there was a marked divergence with some American breeders selecting more domed heads, shorter muzzles and a more profuse coat. In 1936, the American Kennel Club provided classes for English type Cockers as a separate variety and in 1945 the AKC gave separate breed status to the two breeds – the Cocker Spaniel – as it is known in the USA and the English Cocker Spaniel, the original basis of the breed before separation.

The American Cocker Spaniel was reintroduced into the UK in 1965 and officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1970. The first Championship Show for the 'American Cocker Spaniel Club' was held in 1973. The entry was 119 dogs and the Judge, a Mr J. Tacker from Hawaii!


Breed Group


Vulnerable Native Breed




How much exercise?

More than 2 hours per day

Length of coat


How much grooming?

Every day

Supposedly sheds? *


Town or Country


Type of home

Small House

Minimum Garden Size



Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.