If you are looking for a small, friendly dog, then look no further than the American Cocker Spaniel. With its floppy ears, soft coat and friendly eyes, this breed is the perfect pet. There are actually two different types of Cocker Spaniel - the American and the English. Both dogs were bred from the same breed, but split in the 1920s.
The name "spaniel" refers to a type of dog that was imported to England from Spain in the late 1100s. Over time, selective breeding resulted in the development of the Cocker or Cocking Spaniel, a small dog used primarily for hunting woodcock. The first English Cocker Spaniels arrived in the United States in the 1600s, and over time an American variant of the breed began to develop. In 1946, the American Kennel Club recognised the American Cocker Spaniel as a separate breed from the English Cocker Spaniel and added it to the Sporting Group. Years later, in 1968, the English Kennel Club did the same.
The American Cocker Spaniel is known for its even temperament and trainability. These dogs are incredibly obedient when properly trained, and they tend to be very friendly around people. This breed does require a lot of attention and interaction.
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