Video: Examination Of The American Cocker Spaniel
The first place candidate should have a short, compact body. The height at the withers is 15% (or about 5 cm) greater than the distance from the withers to the base of the tail.
The topline gradually descends from the withers to the base of the docked tail. The chest is deep, not higher than the level of the elbows. The standard does not say anything about the length of the limbs, although it notes that the cocker should not be long and squat. The slope of the pastern is also not specifically specified in the standard. I would say that the pastern should be slightly slanted. The head should be in proportion to the body of the dog, the skull is round, but not excessively. The brow ridges are well defined, the transition from forehead to muzzle is well defined. The infraorbital region is well defined, the cheekbones are not prominent. Although not specifically emphasized in the standard, it is believed that the width of the muzzle at its widest part, when viewed from the front, should be equal to the width of the skull. Once again, I draw your attention to the need for a front view, because in the USA,and in other countries there are many dogs with either a narrow muzzle or an overly broad skull.
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Cocker's muzzle is broad and deep by standard, with square jaws and a scissor bite. The standard emphasizes the importance of the correct balance between the muzzle and the skull. The distance between the transition from the forehead to the muzzle and the middle of the rounded skull is equal to the distance between the transition from the forehead to the muzzle and the tip of the nose.
Dog A has a good head, a scissor bite, a high, arched neck, sufficiently long and strong. The withers are well defined, the elbows are directed backwards, the forearms are almost straight. Straight forelimbs of medium length, strong pastern slightly sloping. The lower point of the chest is at the level of the elbows.
The dog is rather square, but it seems somewhat stretched due to its build. With this type of addition with excessively pronounced articulation angles, the center is visually located on the back of the body. Due to the excessively long tibia of the hind limb, they are set too far away. This accentuates the sloping topline and makes the dog look very high in front. This imbalance, if it is too pronounced, is incorrect in a functional sense.
The tail of this dog is set higher than necessary. It should continue the topline and be slightly above it, but not much. This tail position can be caused by an overly flat croup.
Dog B. This cocker is likely to come in third or fourth place. After reading this article, you are surely wondering: If he was the only one in his class, would you give him a Winner? It has five flaws in the structure of the head: a very long, drooping muzzle (Roman profile), raw lips and neck, and very high set ears.
Short neck, low set tail, body seems long due to short legs. However, the angles of the articulations, both in front and behind, are good, the bones are strong.
Dog C. The head is proportional to the body. The ears are set flush with the outer edge of the dark brown almond-shaped eye. The nostrils are well developed, the dark nose is the same color as the rim of the eyes. The length of the muzzle is in proportion to the rounded skull. Scissor bite, teeth included.
The neck is long enough for the dog to touch the floor with its nose. Neck exit is good. (The long, muscular neck rises with a slight bend from backward crying to the head.) The body is short and compact. The limbs are of medium length. The line at the top is slightly inclined. The tail continues the line of faith and rises a little higher. Good angulation of the hind legs. Metatarsus short and perpendicular to the floor. Paws tight, round and firm. I would put this dog first.
Dog D. This dog, which has a maximum height at the withers (male - 40 cm, bitch - 39), could be very attractive if you did not know that straight shoulders are hidden under the excessively long coat. These shoulders and the wrong front pose a big problem in breeding. Notice the depression between the forelimbs. The metacarpus and forearms are steep and this, coupled with the straight shoulders, raises the chest above the level of the elbow, making the dog "upturned on its feet." The neck lacks grace.
Due to irregular articulation angles of the forelimbs, a sharp transition of the neck to the withers is created, and the topline becomes very sloping and unnecessarily long.
Its straight hind legs are also imperfect. To create at least some semblance of balance, the handler pulled them back.
The head of this dog (I put it in fourth place) has four defects. From the point of view of the purpose of the breed, its muzzle is very short to grab and carry killed game. The eyes are protruding, with poor rim, the ears are set too low.
Robert Cole, translated from Spanish by Svetlana Zinde, Friend magazine, 1994-2