My pet: Cocker Spaniel
by Antoine Zammit
Dogs are menís best friend. My pet is a brown dog and its name is Bruno. It is a Cocker Spaniel. Bruno is two years old and my parents gave it to me on my ninth birthday. Its favourite food is biscuits and meat. It has a great sense of smell and is a good guard dog for our family. Bruno is only 95cm long. It likes to play with a blue cotton ball.
Some information about Cocker Spaniels
Cocker Spaniel, the smallest of the sporting dogs, weighing between 10 and 13 kg (22 and 28 lb.) and standing only about 35 to 39 cm (14 to 15 in). The Cocker Spaniel has a rounded skull, long wide ears and a docked tail carried on a line with the back. The silky hair is flat or wavy and moderately long. The ears, chest, abdomen and legs are well feathered. Coat colour is solid black, red, liver, lemon, black, tan or parti-colour.
Cocker Spaniels are eager hunting dogs. They are capable both of flushing and retrieving game, occasionally even from water. The name, in fact, is thought to derive from their skill in hunting woodcock. After many years as the most popular breed in the United States, the Cocker lost that title in 1953 to the Beagle. Over breeding resulted in nervousness, and the Cocker Spaniel diminished in popularity.
The English Cocker, a separate breed, shares a common ancestry with the American Cocker. It is slightly larger, with longer legs and a bigger muzzle. Primarily a hunting dog, it also makes a faithful, intelligent pet.
Donated by Antoine Zammit