That's why we love the popular spaniel – a dog breed with lots of joie de vivre

Long ears, great need for activity and soft fur. It is, of course, a spaniel. Do you dream of becoming the lucky owner of the iconic dog, or is it already a permanent part of the family? Then there is good reason to read along here. We come up with a lot of fun and interesting facts that you might not have known about beforehand.

For example, did you know that sailing shoes were invented when Paul Sperry saw his cocker spaniel running around on the ice? Its non-slip foot pads inspired the fine pattern on the sole of the shoe.

We also come up with five reasons why we love spaniels. Go exploring on this page and get even more knowledge about the lovable dog.

Learn more about your spaniel - know your dog type

The friendly spaniel is loved by many, and we can really understand that. You probably already know about the cocker spaniel if you love the classic film "Lady and the Tramp". Lovely Lady is a cocker spaniel.

Red cocker spaniel sits on the lap of a young girl who is leaning against a tree. The dog has a Siccaro Sealines collar and leash in orange and silver.

Photo: @larseandreasen

The cocker spaniel is just one of many types of spaniels. In general, however, the breed is much more than just well-behaved and pampered, as it often appears in the mentioned film. Spaniels are very versatile and good-natured dogs that are particularly well suited to active families. They are bred for specific working purposes, and the breed therefore has many specific characteristics.

Springer spaniels and cocker spaniels are probably among the most well-known dog types within this breed. The jumper is named after the jump that the dog makes during hunting to make the birds fly. The Cocker is similarly named after the bird woodcock, and just their names make clear the hunting history behind the breed.

There are several other types of spaniels including:

  • springer spaniel
  • cocker spaniel
  • English/American Spaniel
  • welsh springer spaniel
  • king charles spaniel
  • cavalier king charles spaniel
  • French/Russian spaniel
  • picardy spaniel
  • clumber spaniel
  • irish water spaniel
  • Polish hunting spaniel
  • sussex spaniel
  • Papillon

If you don't know the names French/Russian Spaniel and Picardy Spaniel, then you are probably far from the only one. Because there are not as many who own the slightly more unknown types. Just the two types are the picture of how good hunting dogs spaniels are. They both go by the name gundog, helping hunters catch game.

Spaniels are a dog for the whole family

Once you have received one of those irresistible glances from a spaniel, we dare to guarantee that it will almost feel like love at first sight. But did you know that it is a very intelligent dog and that it must be sufficiently stimulated if you want to avoid being run around corners with it? You should therefore not fall completely without reservation for its glossy, beautiful eyes.

Spaniel wearing the Siccaro Spirit drying mat comes running happily towards the camera

Photo: @thecotswoldspaniels / @meganwilliams_photography

Spaniels are also known to be a lively dog ​​with lots of energy. This is shown, among other things, by the fact that it constantly wags its tail. It works really well in the company of other dogs, and it is generally just well-liked by both people and animals.

If you want to avoid a spaniel becoming difficult to get to obey, it is important to raise it with fixed rules. Once it has been properly trained, it will be the perfect family dog ​​and friendly towards strangers.

5 reasons why we love spaniels:

  1. They are typically devoted and have lots of joie de vivre
    Spaniels are good at devoting themselves to people and are very loyal to their family. It can add lots of energy to all ages, so both children and adults can enjoy the dog breed

  2. They are very active
    This makes it a good family dog ​​that is active itself. You can easily take a spaniel with you for a run or a walk in the forest. In fact, it is important that this dog breed is activated if it is to continue to obey.

  3. They are incredibly versatile
    Spaniels can be used for most things. Obedience, exhibition, rescue, small game hunting and family dog ​​are just some of the many facets that they can master.

  4. They are good at learning new things
    The enormous versatility is due, among other things, to the fact that spaniels are extremely easy to learn. It is a dog breed that is really good at learning as long as it is trained consistently.

  5. They can live where you live
    Spaniels do not make great demands on where you live. They are often not particularly large, and they can therefore feel at home in both an apartment and a house. The only requirement is that they are activated sufficiently.

Learn more about the different spaniel breeds

There is no doubt that spaniels have many characteristics in common. Nevertheless, there are also some personality traits and appearance-related things that help make the individual breed something completely unique.


We will try to make you even more knowledgeable about some of the most popular spaniel breeds below. "You can't teach an old dog new skills", but who knows, maybe you can actually learn a little more about the specific breed of dog. It's fun dog reading and you can't help but learn new tricks about your dog.

Cocker spaniel – an elegant, sporty family dog

Wet cocker spaniel sitting on a beach wearing the Siccaro SupremePro dry suit
Is there anything better than a whole litter of cocker spaniels? No, right? Cocker spaniels can charm even the biggest dog critic. Historically, cocker spaniels were bred for hunting small game on smaller birds and rabbits. In fact, the breed gets its name from the English bird "woodcock", which is a woodcock.

Cocker, English cocker spaniel, cocker and merry cocker are just some of the many nicknames that the attractive dog breed has acquired. The many names are probably due to the fact that cocker spaniels are not just a popular dog breed in Denmark, but even throughout the world.

A medium-sized dog with a moderate temperament

The Cocker Spaniel is a medium-sized dog that can reach a height of around 38 to 43 cm when fully grown. However, the females are slightly shorter and typically only have a height of 36 to 41 cm. The average age of a cocker spaniel is 12 to 15 years, so you can actually enjoy the dog for many years.

English cocker spaniel blue roan sits on a lawn in a park with its owner

Photo: @elena_belevantseva

Although the cocker spaniel is not the largest dog, it still has a fairly large format, as it fits into many different contexts as mentioned. On the one hand, it is a wonderful family dog, as it loves to play. It is also very loving and faithful, which probably appeals to the vast majority of dog-seeking families.

On the other hand, a cocker spaniel is still the born tracking dog. It is superb for searching for and retrieving things, which in hunting contexts is called retrieving. Even if you only use the hunting dog in family situations, it will still be curious and love to sniff things.

An independent dog that requires attention

Since a cocker spaniel is a very intelligent dog, it may require its owner to treat it with the necessary respect. It is in many ways both determined and independent, so if you want an uncomplicated dog, you should really pay attention to raising it with a consistent hand.

5 things you (maybe) didn't know about cocker spaniels

  1. Spaniels can be traced back to the 12th century, and they were first divided into independent breeds in the 19th century. Here they were divided into groups according to their weight. Dogs over 11 kg had to retrieve.

  2. Cocker Spaniels originate from Wales and were first recognized as a breed in 1892.

  3. The dog breed comes in many different color combinations. The typical colors include black, red and gold.

  4. Cocker spaniels are used by celebrities, royals and presidents alike. George Clooney, for example, had a cocker spaniel.

  5. The dog breed has a great need for contact, and they do not thrive on being alone for long periods of time. This is also why it takes a lot of time to have a cocker spaniel.

The English springer spaniel – a hard-working and teachable family dog

Springer Spaniel sitting in a field wearing the Siccaro Splash dry suit Photo: @doubletroubledk


It might sound strange when you first read it. But the English Springer Spaniel originally comes from Spain. The reason for the English first name must be found in history, as it was imported to England at one point.

It is said that the English springer spaniel had one of the most important periods in the period 1920 to 1945. It is therefore a dog breed with a nice, long history, which we really love even today.

If you are in doubt about which puppy you are dealing with, you can always ask for information about the parent animals.

A cheerful, happy and very social dog

If you are looking for a family dog ​​that gets along with everything and everyone, you should really consider the English Springer Spaniel. The loving dog loves to be active and play outdoors. Conversely, you have a very balanced dog that can easily find peace in the safe environment of the family.

The English springer spaniel is good at adapting to his needs. If it needs to be alone, it will usually just go on its way and come back again when it is ready. It is therefore in many ways really an easy dog ​​that does not make great demands on its owner.

4 fun facts about the English Springer Spaniel:

  1. It cannot destroy anything with its mouth
    The English springer spaniel loves to have something in his mouth. However, it has a very soft mouth, which means it typically doesn't damage anything. It is only for its own pride that it carries something around in its mouth.

  2. It can be used as a visiting dog
    The dog breed has a great desire for human contact. Due to its calm temperament, it is therefore used as a visiting dog at, for example, family and care centres.

  3. The fur consists of undercoat and undercoat
    The English Springer Spaniel does not have much fur, but it still requires regular brushing. It is especially important to keep the ears free of hair.

  4. It typically works in a systematic pattern
    It is undoubtedly the nose and the sense of smell that are the dog breed's most important tools. It uses this to create structure when it plays, hunts or is generally active.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – a pleasant companion dog Cavalier king charles spaniel sitting outdoors wearing the Siccaro Smart drying suit

Photo: @cutecosmo_thecavalier

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a friendly and welcoming dog that has a very special ability to bond with the whole family. Although it is an active dog, it also gets along well with people who are not always so mobile.

The dog is almost as small as its temperament, which also makes it the perfect dog for, for example, the elderly. Like all other dogs, it can of course still find out how to walk if the need arises.

A beautiful British dog breed

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is particularly known for its characteristic muzzle length. In contrast, the King Charles Spaniel has a different muzzle size. "Cavalier" refers to the graceful appearance with, among other things, the high hanging ears.
It is, in many ways, a breed of dog that is not at all to stand for with the long and silky fur and the enticing eyes.

A cavalier king charles spaniel stands with the Siccaro Sealines collar on

Photo: @cutecosmo_thecavalier

You (perhaps) don't know this about the cavalier king charles spaniel:

  1. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is named after King Charles II, who ruled England in the 17th century.

  2. You should comb the dog breed every two or three days to ensure its well-being.

  3. They love to romp around with other dogs – even male dogs are very social.

Cavaliers are the dog's answer to a gentleman, as they are both reliable and friendly to everyone. It is therefore also the perfect companion for all dog lovers, and it is easy to train. It is a very loyal dog breed and is actually most comfortable when it is with the family.

Do you want to spoil your spaniel?

Our products are loved by spaniels and their owners. We have blankets to keep them dry (because they love water so much), products to keep your car and apartment clean , warm blankets and a great new dog leash made from 100% recycled and recyclable Econyl nylon.

Shop now