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The Cocker Spaniel Weight - What Is Optimal?

There are different types of Cocker Spaniels and they do not weigh the same. Some are smaller in body size and females are smaller than males. But if it’s a pure bred Cocker Spaniel, male or female, there is a standard weight at which your Cocker Spaniel will be most comfortable.

The most common Cocker Spaniels are the English and American Cockers. The English Cocker Spaniels are considered the bigger of the Cocker Spaniels. The average size of the English Cocker, according to the American Kennel Club is 15.5-16 inches (39-41 cm) at the withers (the area between the shoulder blades) for males, and 15-15.5 inches (38-39 cm) for females. Their weight should be around 28-32 pounds (13-15 kg).

The American Cocker Spaniel was bred as a smaller dog than their English cousins. The standard size according to the AKC is between 14.5-15.5 inches (37-39 cm) at the withers for males and 13.5-14.5 inches (34-37 cm) for females. The weight of a show dog is on average between 24-30 pounds (11-14 kg). At this weight, they are able to carry themselves comfortably, play is easy and they won’t tire too fast.

The Cocker Spaniel weight is an important health element for our pals throughout their life. It’s dangerous for them to be either underweight or overweight (it could mean a red flag for your friend’s health). If they are underweight, they can become lethargic – if there are no other health problems, which you should check with your dog’s Vet first, it means that you are feeding them less than you should and that’s why they are lacking energy. Your friend will be less playful and you will notice that they don’t move around as much as they should. A bigger danger associated with under-feeding is that your Cocker may become plagued by health problems because of the lack of proper nutrition.

That doesn’t mean you should feed them too much. An overweight Cocker Spaniel is going to have health problems too. He/she will be too heavy to run with friends, and in some cases, they may be too fat to just move around like a normal dog. They will be at risk of getting many dog diseases that come with being overweight – they are just like human beings and being overweight can lead to conditions associated with obesity. In either scenario, underweight or overweight, your Cocker spaniel will not be living its life to the fullest; these are playful, wonderful dogs so if they are not able to move around because of weight problems, they will start to have behavioral problems.

It is not always easy for us to be strict with our pets. I had to break my bad habit of giving my Cocker treats whenever I went to the fridge. Those big brown eyes have a direct line to my heart and I didn’t think a little treat here and there would do him any harm. I felt like a bad parent if I had a treat, finished it, and didn’t give him any. This lasted until he was 19 months old when after coming back from his groom, we noticed he was rather ’round’ and not running as much in the park. I was horrified. I had become one of those dog owners who over-feed their dog with too many treats. I now follow the feeding instructions for his size and breed to the letter, giving him exactly 1-1.5 cups of his biologically appropriate food per day. After our walks, I give him one of his healthy treats and that’s it. Period. This started one month ago and he’s already at his ideal weight. He runs faster and further now, and has tons of fun playing with his girlfriend in the park, a very feisty Jack Russell. He continues to look up at me with those big brown eyes when I eat, but I completely ignore him and ensure he is at an appropriate distance from me. From the first day I had him I never allowed any begging so I didn’t have to worry about that.

In the old days our ancestors didn’t give much thought to what they fed their dogs but we now know that proper nutrition is key to a healthy dog. Check your Cocker Spaniel weight each time you go to their Vet. Have them weighed, discuss it with the Vet, and make adjustments to their diet as needed.

Source: Internet

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