The Cocker Spaniel has medium to long silky hair which often is slightly curly. They have feathery hair on the belly, legs and chest: this feathering is meant to protect the dog from scratch or other injuries as it makes its way through the field. Unless you plan on showning your Cocker Spaniel, you may wish to trim the feathering to keep your dog clean and tidy, and to avoid tangles. Your Cocker Spaniel will also need daily brushing (coat care for show dogs is more complicated, as the coat must be stripped). Be sure to clean the Cocker’s dangling ears to keep them clean and to prevent infection. The Cocker Spaniel does shed significantly, but daily brushing should reduce this.
The Cocker Spaniel comes in many colours, including roan, blue roan, black and tan, black and white, brown and white, black, liver, and various “ticked” colours. White markings are very common.