The "original" Cocker Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel is actually the most popular Cocker Spaniel on the planet, with a thriving following in most countries around the world. The history of the breed, as told by breeder and author Haja van Wessem, encompasses the story of both Cocker Spaniel breeds and provides insight into how the breeds became separate entities. The characteristics chapter discusses the breed's much-prized personality and physical characteristics as well as its coat of many colors. New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, exercise, and grooming/trimming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control.