Torn between buying a cocker or a springer?
Both springer and cocker spaniels are capable of doing a useful day’s work out in the field. Both are biddable. However, they do have different characteristics.
Differences between cocker and springer spaniels
- Springers have a size advantage over cocker spaniels
- Cocker spaniels have a better engine and more staying power than springers
- Cockers are thought to be ‘prettier’ than springer spaniels and come in more colours – solid black, browns and gold to blue and lemon roans.
- Springers are heavier. A a typical working cocker will weigh between 13kg and 14.5kg, a springer around 20kg.
- Cockers are smaller which gives them the advantage of being more portable in a car or living in a cottage.
- However the bigger springer will be able to manage heavy game although a cocker will do its best and some can manage to carry a goose!
- A springer is probably a better picking-up dog
- But a cocker will be an excellent addition to a field of retrievers
- Springers tend to be cheaper than cockers and can be bought for around £300. A cocker spaniel will probably cost £600 plus.
- However cockers don’t eat as much as a springer so your food costs will be smaller.
- Cockers are more sensitive than springers and need patient training.
- Springers have shorter ears set higher on the head than a cocker spaniel and a longer muzzle.
- Springer spaniels need more exercise than a cocker spaniel. They love swimming. Springers also like to roam and then check back with their handler.
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