The Cocker Spaniel is a sporting and family dog. They originated in England during the 1870's and acquired the name cocker in 1902. Average weight is 18 to 24 pounds. Originally bred for hunting game birds in low, thick foliage. The Cocker Spaniel is now perhaps the most popular of all dogs. In 1946 the American Kennel Club recognized the American type as a separate breed form the English type, for all United States dog shows.