Cocker Spaniel History
Although the Cocker Spaniel breed was bred in the British Isles, Spain is considered their homeland. It is believed that it was from there that the ancestors of modern spaniels were brought to the UK, and inspired by these small but strong animals, the British created their own breed, able to hunt in any conditions.
The official recognition of the breed happened only closer to the 20th century, although even in paintings of the fifteenth century you can see cocker spaniels. Initially, breeders divided this breed into two varieties – for hunting in the field and in water. And only in the 19th century, breeders created a breed that would be able to hunt for any game. That is how the English cocker spaniel, known to us today, appeared – hardy, passionate in the hunt, but at the same time quite calm in the circle of its loved ones.
The first breed standard was established at the beginning of the 20th century and the whole world learned about the Cocker Spaniel breed. In our country, the cocker spaniel has become popular already closer to the 1970s, moreover, if before this breed was interested in hunting purposes, now people have appreciated other qualities – the classic appearance, obedience, and, moreover, for their very beautiful long hair is quite easy to care for.