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FCI Standard No. 5 / 23.11.2012

Country of origin: Great Britain
Date of publication of the valid standard: October 8, 2012 User: Płochacz.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 8 Retrievers, Flushing Dogs and Water Dogs. Section 2 - Flushing Dogs

With working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL OUTLINE:
Cocker Spaniels were distinguished from Field and Springer Spaniels shortly after the Kennel Club was formed in 1873. As with other hunting dogs today there are differences between working and show dogs, the latter being heavier and more stocky.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

A cheerful, well-built hunting dog, harmonious, compact.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS:

The distance from the withers to the ground is approximately the same as from the withers to the base of the tail.

BEHAVIOR / TEMPERAMENT:

The typical, lively movement and the always happy tail show the dog's joyful nature, especially when it is working. Gentle and affectionate, full of life and vigor.

HEAD:

-Cerebral skull:

Skull: Well developed, clean chiseled, neither too fragile nor too strong.
Stop: Prominent, situated halfway between the tip of the nose and the occipital tumor.

-Capaculum:
Nose: Wide enough for good work.
Muzzle: Square.
Jaws / Teeth: Strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, ie the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set properly in the jaws.
Cheeks: Not prominent.
Eyes: Full but not bulging. Dark brown or brown, never pale, in the case of chocolate, chocolate with a screen and chocolate white, dark nut in harmony with the color; intelligent and gentle in expression, and at the same time alert, quick-witted and cheerful; tight eyelids.

Ears: Lobed, set low - at eye level. Pulled forward, they reach the tip of the nose. Well covered with long, straight and silky hair.

NECK:

Medium length, muscular. Set in well angulated shoulder blades. No dewlap.

TORSO:

Strong, compact.
Back: Strong, horizontal, slightly sloping from the loin to the base of the tail.
Loins: Short and broad.
Chest: Well developed, deep; Seen from the front, neither too wide nor too narrow. Ribs well sprung.

TAIL:

Set on slightly below the back line. In movement, it is carried cheerfully horizontally, never lifted up. Formerly customarily truncated (copied).
Copied: Never too short (invisible), nor too long to disturb, when working in constant motion.

Uncoped: Slightly curved, of moderate length, in proportion, creating overall harmony; reaching the ankle joint. Strong at the root, tapering towards the end; well hairy (with "feather") in proportion to the total hair. Lively in motion, carried horizontally, never above the backline and never tucked shyly.

LIMBS:

FOREQUARTERS:

Legs well boned, straight, and reasonably short for their strength. Not too short to interfere with the enormous effort that is required of this great hunting dog.
Shoulders: Sloping, light.
Hind feet: Compact, with thick pads, catlike.

Hindquarters:

Croup: Broad, well rounded, well muscled. Strong skeleton.
Knee joints: Well angulated.
Hock joints: Hocks short below the hock. Good motive power.

Hind feet: Compact, with thick pads, catlike.

WALK:

Casual, with good stride.

HAIR COAT:

Hair: Smooth, silky, never coarse or wavy, not too profuse, never curly. Well hairy forelegs, torso and hind legs above the hocks.
Color:
Solid: Black, Red, Gold, Chocolate, Black & Tan, Chocolate & Tan. No white except a small spot on the chest.

Two-color: white and black, white and orange, white and chocolate, white and lemon, with or without spots.
Tricolor: white and black and white and chocolate with tan
Sifted: blue, orange, lemon, chocolate, blue with tan, chocolate with tan.

HEIGHT AND WEIGHT:

Height: Males 39-41 cm, Females 38-39 cm

Weight approximately: 13 - 14.5 kg

DISADVANTAGES:

Any deviation from the above standard should be treated as defects and assessed depending on their degree and impact on the health, fitness and well-being of the dog and the ability to perform the work for which it was intended.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS:

Aggressive or overly shy dogs
- Dogs showing obvious physical or character disturbances should be disqualified.

NB: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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