Golden Cocker Spaniels

The Golden Cocker Is My Favorite Color
What's Yours?

Golden cocker spanie puppies in an old suitcase - gorgeous!

There's something so very special about Golden Cocker Spaniels!

I'm bound to say that as I own one myself, so I guess I'm a little biased, but I also love all other Cocker Spaniel colors too, so I've added lots of Cocker Spaniel photos of all colors, not just goldens!

Cocker Spaniel Coat Colors

As you'll see from the cocker spaniel pictures throughout this website, there are colors

Golden Cocker Spaniel lying queitly

other than golden cockers, and many different markings, so I thought I'd better give them a mention.

Cocker Spaniel's coats come in a variety of colors, some solid, like chocolate, (in fact, chocolate cocker spaniels are our second favorite!) black and, did I mention golden?

You can also find a combination of mixed colors and markings, for example, black and white, parti-colors and roans.

What follows is a brief explanation of Cocker Spaniel coat colors and of some of the terms used to describe them.

Solid Coat Colors Of The Cocker Spaniel

According to Wikipedia, the colors of the breed consist of the following:

Black, liver with brown pigmentation, red with black or brown pigmentation, golden with black or brown pigmentation, sable, silver, ash, black and tan, liver and tan, blue roan, liver roan, orange roan with black or brown pigmentation, lemon roan with black or brown pigmentation, black and white ticked, liver and white ticked, orange and white ticked with black or brown pigmentation, lemon and white ticked with black or brown pigmentation, black and white, liver and white with brown pigmentation, orange and white with black or brown pigmentation, lemon and white with black or brown pigmentation.....Phew!

I'm certainly not an expert on coat colors, but generally speaking, the solid colors (also known as 'self') are chocolate, black, golden, and very rarely seen, sable.

Golden Cocker Spaniels can be a light golden in color or a darker, more reddish shade.

Where the golden coats are darker, they're sometimes referred to as red Cocker Spaniels.

Some breeders say that the golden Cocker Spaniel is prone to 'Rage Syndrome' but today breeders are very careful and check the history of the sire and dam for any sign of the condition prior to breeding.

Thankfully, rage syndrome in Cocker Spaniels is very rare.

Two golden cocker spaniel puppies on driftwood - so cute!

If there's evidence to suggest that either dog has shown signs of rage syndrome, they're unlikely to be used for breeding purposes.

Although I've never owned a black Cocker, it's said that the black, glossy coats are much heavier and because of this they may need more grooming than any of the other colors.

Chocolate Cocker Spaniels are a beautiful reddish-chocolate brown and they're often referred to as 'liver' colored.

If you're planning to show your pet, breed standards recommend that the coat shouldn't contain any white, however a little patch on the chest is allowed.


Roan is mixture of white and colored hairs.

The colored hairs are usually found in solid patches or clumps, whereas the white areas are usually flecked or 'ticked' with the solid color.

The roan colors are blue roan (light blue and dark blue), chocolate (or liver) roan, orange roan, red roan, and lemon roan.

Black, white and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy looking into the camera


The parti-colors usually consist of two colors, for example you often see orange and white, lemon and white, chocolate (or liver) and white, and the black and white Cocker Spaniel.

Or, in the case of the tricolour, black, white and tan.


Ticking is a term used when there are small flecks of color showing in the white of the dog's coat.

Open Marked

The term "open marked" is used where there is no ticking or roan markings in the dog's coat, instead the coat will have clear white between the colored patches.

You'll also find dogs with tan markings on their face, (above the eyebrows and on the muzzle) under their tails, on their feet, and on their chest. Where the dog's coat is predominantly black, his colouring would be termed black and tan.

Golden Cocker Spaniels 

Pastel drawing of Max, our  golden cocker spaniel
Watercolour of Max, our golden Cocker Spaniel - I love it!

This beautiful watercolor of Max was commissioned for my birthday by my husband, Don (very sweet!). Max was about 12 months old at the time and I think it's an absolutely gorgeous likeness and I love it!

Golden cocker spaniels are simply lovely!
Come on, I'm waiting!

The cute looking Cocker Spaniel in the above photograph is Max, at three and a half years old.... - he's such a sweetie -

Golde cocker spaniel playing ball!
Golden Cocker Spaniel puppy on patrol!

The above puppy is Max patrolling his garden to make sure next door's cat stays in his own garden! Max is almost 6 years old now - I don't know where the time went?

Puppy days are very special. Like our youth, they'll never come around again so make sure you and your puppy enjoy those special times while you still can - appreciate every single day you have together.

Cute face of Max, my golden cocker spaniel
Just look at that appealing little face!

Max is still a puppy in this picture, although a few months older. He'd gone looking for some shade as it was a very hot day - extremely unusual for our neck of the woods!

Golden cocker spaniel puppy, six days old
Max at six days old! My golden Cocker Spaniel baby is so cute!

The above picture was taken at the breeders when he was less than one week old - he was so cute!

If you'd like to submit a photograph of your Cocker Spaniel, simply click on this link!

More Titles in the Cocker Spaniel Breed Information Series

Learn more about the Cocker Spaniel Breed

Differences Between English and American Cocker Spaniels

Spaniel Breeds

Cocker Spaniel Characteristics

Cocker Spaniel Temperament

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