What's the ideal Cocker Spaniel weight? Well, that depends on your pet's health, age, sex and size of frame. Learn how to calculate how much your new Cocker puppy should weigh now and what his weight should be when he's an adult.
"What's the ideal weight for my Cocker Spaniel?"
"Is my puppy too skinny? He's 3 months old, what should he weigh?"
"I think my dog is overweight. He's five years old and fairly active, what's his ideal weight?"
I'm often asked questions like these and they're very difficult to answer without understanding more about the dog. It's like asking "How long is a piece of string"?
In order to work out the ideal Cocker Spaniel weight, there
are a few things that need to be taken into account, such as the breed, (whether it's American or English) the size, age and sex of the dog, as well as the dog's health and lifestyle.
The American Cocker Spaniel is slightly smaller than its English cousin and in both breeds the females are slightly smaller than the males.
The ideal height for the American Cocker, both male and female, ranges between 35.5 cm (14") and 38 cm (15") at the shoulder, but an allowance of plus or minus 1.26 cm (0.5") is acceptable for both sexes.
Specifically, the ideal height for the male dog is between 37 and 38 cm and for bitches it ranges between 35.5 and 37 cm.
Generally, an adult American male dog should weigh between 11 and 13 kg (24 and 28 lbs) and the adult females usually weigh slightly less because they're smaller.
If you'd like more information on the American breed standard, you'll find exactly what you're looking for here.
The ideal height for an English Cocker Spaniel dog is between 39 cm and 41 cm; (15-16") and for the bitch, it should be between 38 cm and 39 cm (15-15.5") tall.
Their recommended weight falls somewhere between 12 and 14.5 kg, and because the bitches are usually smaller than the males, they tend to weight a little less too.
Just to confuse matters, the American Kennel Club suggests slightly different sizes and weights for the English breed.
They suggest that both male and female dogs should be between 38 and 43 cm tall at the shoulder and weigh 11.75 and 15.5 kg respectively.
And for males, their height at the withers ought to be between 40.5 and 43 cm and for the females, 38 and 40.5 cm.
The American Kennel Club also suggest that the most desirable weight for an English
Cocker Spaniel male is in the region of 12.5 and 15.5 kg, whilst their recommendations for the female Cockers are between 11.75 and 14.5 kg.
Both English and American Cocker Spaniels are prone to obesity, especially as they get older so it's important to make sure that they continue to get plenty of exercise (although they may no longer be as energetic as they once were when they were younger!).
As our dogs get older they slow down and don't burn off as many calories as they should, so we must keep an eye on their diet and be careful not to overfeed them.
If your dog is overweight, the chances are he's unhealthy!
American and English Cocker Spaniel bitches are usually smaller than the
male dogs, consequently, they also tend to weigh less.
An illness may cause your dog to put on or to lose weight.
So if your dog loses (or gains) weight and there's no obvious reason for this loss or gain, I strongly recommend you take your pet to see his vet and play it safe!
Neutering dogs can also have an impact on your Cocker Spaniel's weight because neutered pets no longer need as many calories.
your dog is neutered, it's a good idea to reduce his food intake a
little, or better still, change over to dog food for neutered pets which is specially
formulated to provide less calories without compromising on nutrition.
New puppy owners often worry about their pups being too thin or too fat and and we're often asked many questions about the ideal puppy weight.
The chart below should give you a general idea of how much your puppy should weigh, but I must stress that this information is for guidance purposes only.
Don't worry if your puppy is a little outside of the guidelines for his age, not all dogs and puppies are the same.
you've any real concerns about your puppy's development, please speak to your vet or veterinary nurse for advice.
1 month old
2 months old
3 months old
4 months old
5 months old
6 months old
7 months old
8 months old
9 months old
10 months old
11 months old
12 months old
(2 lbs 14 oz)
(6 lbs 10 oz)
(14 lbs 5 oz)
(17 lbs 10 oz)
(25 lbs 5 oz)
(27 lbs 9 oz)
(29 lbs 3 oz)
(29 lbs 12 oz)
(30 lbs 3 oz)
(30 lbs 7 oz)
All dogs and puppies are different and there are several other factors that can affect the weight of your pet. As we have seen it's not always as simple as specifying a particular weight according to the dog's age.
It's also difficult to recommend a specific weight according to your pet's height alone because bitches are generally smaller than the males, and it also depends upon the frame of the dog.
Add to that, the difference in sizes between the American and English Cocker Spaniel and the dog's lifestyle, (how much exercise it gets) and you're heading for confusion.
I recommend you use a bit of common sense when determining what's right for your dog.
For example, if he's a small dog, say 39 cm, ideally, you could expect him to weigh around 12 kg, or just a little over or under that figure.
If the same dog weighed in at the top end of the scale, say 14.5 kg, it's highly likely that he'd be overweight.
Additionally, although two dogs may be the same height and weight, one may look overweight (or underweight) and the other dog may look just right - again, use your own judgement.
Don't get too hung up on exact weights and please don't worry too much if your pet is a little over or under the weights shown on this page, especially if he's fit and healthy!
If you don't own a pair of scales you could visit your vet and use theirs or you can simply use your eyes and decide for yourself whether or not your dog is overweight - learn how here.
If you're really worried about your Cocker Spaniel's weight, I recommend you have a quiet chat with your pet's vet. He or she will be able to give you all the reassurance you need.