American Cockers are cheerful, intelligent dogs with a lively curiosity. They make ideal companions and are adaptable to rural or urban living, but they are demanding of the owner’s time. They have great personalities and are known to be mischievous with minds of their own; owners need to be gentle and patient with these dogs. Novices are advised to speak to an expert before purchasing or adopting.
Cocker Spaniels are said to have arrived in America with the pilgrims on the Mayflower in 1620. Settlers in subsequent centuries brought more with them to help explore and exploit the country's wildernesses.