The cocker spaniel is now a show dog and pet though originally it was a sporting dog who was excellent at flushing out a bird known as a woodcock. The Spaniel family of dogs originated in Spain but by the 1930s the Spanish dogs had vanished. There are currently two breeds of the spaniel - the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel.
Obo was the progenitor of the English Cocker Spaniel; while Obo II was the father of the American Cocker Spaniel. Obo II was born in the US and his mother was shipped to America during her pregnancy According to Wikipedia "The major differences between the English and American varieties is that the American is smaller with a shorter back, a domed head and a shorter muzzle, while the English variety is taller with a narrower head and chest."
Their coats come in a variety of colors and some are one solid color while others are mottled. To qualify as a show dog they should be 28-32 pounds. This is a perfect size for an apartment or condo, but, of course, a single family home works also if you are that fortunate.
Cockers have been owned by the following Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman, R.B. Hayes, James Monroe and Richard Nixon.