He was used as a hunting dog to find, flush and retrieve game from land and water
He came to America in the 1880s
He wasn't a distinct breed from Cocker Spaniels until the 20th century
Personality and Behavior
He's a calm and sensible dog
He's peaceful with other pets in the home
He's peaceful with strangers
He's affectionate with everyone in the family
He loves to be at your side and doesn't like being alone for long periods of time
He wants to participate in all family activities and games
He's initially shy around strangers but warms up to them
He loves playing, romping, and having fun
He likes to bark
He's easy to train because he learns commands at an above average rate.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).