Breed Information

The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, Inc. is pleased to offer information on the breed in the United States.

English Cocker Spaniel breed standard (American Kennel Club)

Meet the English Cocker Spaniel (AKC web site)


What is an English Cocker Spaniel? by Beth McKinney

What’s the Difference? by Denise Gormish
A comparison of American Cocker Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniels.

English Cocker Spaniel Colors and Patterns by Denise Gormish
Genetic information and examples of coat colors and patterns.

What is a Field Bred English Cocker Spaniel? by Bethann Wiley

English Cocker Spaniel Breed Flyer

More specific articles available on our Events page.

For sources of books, CD-ROMs, magazines, and videos, visit our Media Resources page.


What colors are possible?

Possible colors include the following: black, black/white, blue roan, liver, liver/white, liver roan, golden, red, red/white, red roan, orange/white, orange roan, lemon/white, lemon roan, sable and sable/white. Tan markings can occur on most of these color combinations. Blue roan is generally the most popular color.

What colors are acceptable?

Concerning color, the English Cocker Spaniels standard states “Various.” ECS fanciers love the variety of colors found in their breed. It is preferred that parti-colors be clearly marked, ticked or roaned. White feet on a solid colored dog is undesirable, but a little white on the throat is acceptable. Black & tans and liver & tans are considered solid colors.

For more information, see our web page English Cocker Spaniel Colors and Patterns. Includes genetic information and examples of coat colors and patterns.


The ECSCA provides several sources of information on grooming, from a grooming chart to a video.

Grooming Chart

Download Grooming Chart here »

You can also order a printed version.

The ECSCA offers a simple conformation and pet grooming chart for $2.00. The chart includes a textural explanation and black and white drawings.

Please send a self-addressed and stamped #10 envelope and payment.

Send payment in US funds payable to: ECSCA, P.O. Box 252, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130

Books and Videos

Grooming instructions are also included in “The English Cocker Spaniel Handbook”. By Beth McKinney and Kate Romanski. 3rd Edition. English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, Inc. 1989.

A video, “Bonnie Threlfall Grooming Workshop”, is also available. Filmed in Fort Worth at the 1999 National, this video is not a step-by-step grooming guide for those learning to groom. This tape does illustrate correct use of stone, hand stripping and advanced grooming techniques along with audience questions and “problem area” grooming.

Order online here


There are many places on the web to get more information about English Cocker Spaniels. The following web sites may be helpful.

The Breed standard defines the desired characteristics of a breed. Several web sources are available for the English Cocker Spaniel.

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