What's the ideal Cocker Spaniel weight?
Your pet's health, age, sex and frame size can influence your dog's weight. Bearing this in mind, you can work out much your Cocker Spaniel puppy should weigh now and what he should weigh when he's all grown up!
Cockers Spaniels are known to be gluttons, left to their own devices! My Cocker isn't motivated by toys, but boy, I can get him to do pretty much anything for a treat!
My Cocker will sit right in front of me as I eat a chicken sandwich; his adoring eyes never leave my face, or should I say, sandwich! When he looks at me like this, I can't resist saving him a morsel of chicken.
Does this sound familiar?
Then there's what I call the Cocker cuteness factor.
Because this breed is so adorable-looking, friends, family and visitors often sneak him the odd treat. And as well-intentioned as this often is, it's not good for your dog's waistline, which is why we must carefully watch our Cocker Spaniel's weight!
AKC- working- Height approximately: dogs: 39-41 cm (15½-16 ins); bitches: 38-39 cm (15-15½ ins). Weight approximately: 13-14.5 kgs (28-32 lbs).
KC - Height approximately: dogs: 39-41 cm (15½-16 ins); bitches: 38-39 cm (15-15½ ins). Weight approximately: 13-14.5 kgs (28-32 lb
The helpful chart below lists the English Cocker Spaniel weight by age. It will help you to monitor your puppy's weight as he grows to ensure he doesn't become over or underweight.
Age in Months
Weight in KGs
Weight in Pounds
2 lb and 14 oz
6 lb and 10 oz
14 lb and 5 oz
17 lb and 10 oz
25 lb and 5 oz
27 lb and 9 oz
29 lb and 3 oz
29 lb and 12 oz
29 lb and 15 oz
30 lb and 3 oz
30 lb and 7 oz
Important Note: When using the above chart, you'll need to consider certain factors, such as size, age, sex, and your dog's health and lifestyle, in determining your Cocker Spaniel's ideal weight.
Other things to consider would be whether or not your pet is neutered, whether he has an active or sedentary lifestyle, and what type of spaniel he is. For example, American Cockers tend to be smaller and lighter than the English Spaniel. Working Cockers are more active and trimmer than the show Cockers
The Cocker's recommended weight falls between 12 and 14.5 kg. Because the bitches are usually smaller than the males, they tend to weigh slightly less.
However, the American Kennel Club suggests slightly different weights for the English breed.
They maintain that the most desirable weight for an English Cocker Spaniel male is between 12.5 and 15.5 kg, and their recommendations for female Cockers are between 11.75 and 14.5 kg.
The ideal height for an English Cocker Spaniel male is between 39 cm and 41 cm, and for the female, it should be between 38 cm and 39 cm tall.
Again, the AKC suggests different heights for the English Cocker. They indicate that the standard height should be between 38 and 43 cm tall at the shoulder:
between 40.5 and 43 cm for males;
between 38 and 40.5 cm for females.
Generally, an adult American male dog should weigh between 11 and 13 kg. Adult females usually weigh slightly less because they're smaller.
The American Cocker Spaniel is slightly smaller than its English cousin, and in both breeds, the females are somewhat smaller than the males.
Generally, the ideal height for male and female American Cockers ranges between 35.5 cm and 38 cm at the shoulder; however, an allowance of plus or minus 1.26 cm is acceptable for both sexes.
Specifically, the ideal height for the American male Cocker is between 37 and 38 cm. For females, it ranges between 35.5 and 37 cm.
You'll find more information here if you'd like more about the American breed standard, as specified by the American Spaniel Club.
New, inexperienced puppy owners often worry about their puppy's weight. They think their puppy may be too thin or fat, so it's no surprise that I'm frequently asked questions about the ideal Cocker Spaniel's weight.
Questions such as:
The chart shown above will give you a general idea of how much your puppy should weigh; however, I must stress that this information is for guidance purposes only.
Don't worry if your puppy is a little outside the guidelines for his age; not all dogs and puppies are the same (just like humans!).
If you've any real concerns about your puppy's weight or development, please speak to your vet or veterinary nurse for advice.
English and American Cocker Spaniels are prone to obesity, especially later in life. That's because ageing dogs may no longer choose to be as energetic as they once were!
Older dogs slow down and don't burn as many calories as they should to stay at their ideal weight, so we must keep an eye on their diet and be careful not to overfeed them.
It's also essential to ensure that an ageing dog gets plenty of walks and encourage them to chase after a ball or frisbee!
If your dog is overweight, the chances are he's unhealthy!
American and English Cocker Spaniel bitches are usually smaller than male dogs; consequently, they also weigh less.
An illness may cause your dog to put on or lose weight.
So if your dog loses (or gains) weight and there's no apparent reason for this loss or gain, I strongly recommend you take your pet to see his vet. Play it safe!
Neutering your dog can also impact your Cocker Spaniel's weight because neutered pets no longer need as many calories.
If your dog is neutered, it's a good idea to reduce his food intake a little. Better still, change over to dog food for neutered pets, specially formulated to provide fewer calories without compromising on nutrition.
All dogs and puppies are different, and several other factors can affect your pet's weight, other than too much food.
It's not always as straightforward as specifying a particular weight according to the dog's age alone.
It's also difficult to recommend a specific weight according to your pet's height alone because bitches are generally smaller than males. The size of the dog's frame can also impact his weight.
Add the size difference between the American and English Cocker Spaniel and the dog's lifestyle (how much exercise it gets), and you'd be forgiven for feeling confused!
It's best to feed your dog at regular mealtimes and avoid free-feeding your Cocker Spaniel because, being the greedy little monsters they are, he just won't know when to stop!
I recommend you use common sense when determining what's suitable 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, he would be overweight.
Additionally, although two dogs may be the same height and weight, one may look overweight (or underweight), and the other may look just right.
You must use your 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 especially worried about your Cocker Spaniel's weight, I recommend having a quiet chat with your pet's vet. They will be able to give you all the reassurance you need.
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