Cocker Spaniel History
The English Cocker is no doubt one of the oldest types of land spaniel. Their origins can be traced back to 14th century Spain. Prior to the 1600’s all types of spaniels were categorised together; the larger ones being used to spring game and the smaller ones to flush out woodcock. Hence the names Springer and Cocker were derived. In 1892, the Kennel Club of Great Britain differentiated the two breeds separately. In the 1930’s, the Cocker was the most popular breed of dog in Britain and there he stayed for almost 20 years! On the other side of the Atlantic, Americans were using the same breeding stock to develop a slightly different Cocker. In 1940, the Kennel Club then split these Spaniels into American and English.
Highly intelligent dogs who are very easily trained, Cockers like to please and are eager to learn. FTCH Buccleuch Athena achieved 4th place and 2nd place at the Cocker Spaniel championships. She’s now retired from trials and enjoys a quieter life on the Queensberry estate picking up on shoot days and maintains her zest for life.