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Breed Standard

General Appearance: Strong, merry, sporting; well balanced; compact, but long in body, measuring approximately same from withers to ground as from withers to root of tail.

Characteristics: Merry nature with ever-wagging tail shows a typical bustling movement, particularly when following scent, fearless of heavy cover.

Temperament: Gentle and affectionate, yet full of life and exuberance.

Head and Skull: Square muzzle, with distinct stop set midway between tip of nose and occiput. Skull well developed, cleanly chiselled, neither too fine nor too coarse. Cheek bones not prominent. Nose sufficiently wide for acute scenting power.

Eyes: Full, but not prominent. Dark brown or brown, never light, but in the case of liver and liver/white, dark hazel to harmonise with coat; with expression of intelligence and gentleness but wide awake, bright and merry; rims tight.

Ears: Lobular, set low on a level with eyes. Fine leathers extending to nose tip. Well clothed with straight silky hair.

Mouth: Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck: Moderate in length, muscular. Set neatly into fine sloping shoulders. Clean throat.

Forequarters: Shoulders sloping and fine. Legs well boned, straight, sufficiently short for concentrated power. Not too short to interfere with tremendous exertions expected from this grand, sporting dog.

Body: Strong, compact. Chest well developed and brisket deep; neither too wide nor too narrow in front. Ribs well sprung. Loin short, wide with firm, level topline gently sloping downwards to tail from end of loin to set on of tail.

Hindquarters: Wide, well rounded, very muscular. Legs well boned, good bend of stifle, short below hock allowing for plenty of drive.

Feet: Firm, thickly padded.

Tail: Set on slightly lower than line of back. Must be merry in action and carried level. Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Never too short to hide, nor too long to interfere with, the incessant merry action when working, with relevent certificates as required by law.

Gait/Movement: True through action with great drive covering ground well.

Coat: Flat, silky in texture, never wiry or wavy, not too curly. Well feathered forelegs, body and hindlegs above hocks.

Colour: Various, as you never know with Cockers, black is the dominant colour, but I like the lighter colours of Lemon and lemon/white or gold to be clearly seen in the shooting field.

Size: Height approximately: dogs: 39-41 cms (151/2-16 ins); bitches: 38-39 cms (15-151/2 ins). Weight approximately: 13-14.5 kgs (28-32 lbs).

Faults: NEVER BUY A DOG WITHOUT SEEING AT LEAST ONE OF IT'S PARENTS AND SUPPORTING PEDIGREE, SO YOU CAN CHECK IT'S BACKGROUNDAny departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


Breed Standard courtesy of The Kennel Club

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