Cocker Spaniel Lifespan should be an area of interest and education for an owner of this amazing breed. An effective way to enjoy your best friend for many years is to understand factors that can harm the health and longevity of your pet.

The Cocker Spaniel’s even-temperament, beautiful coat, and aristocratic nature led to many being kept as family pets. Over-breeding to meet the demand for this amazing breed has had a profound impact on the overall health and the Cocker Spaniel Lifespan in the years to come.

What is the average lifespan of the Cocker Spaniel Breed?

Surveys done on the Cocker Spaniel lifespan yielded the following results:

Details Longevity/Life Expectancy
American Cocker Spaniels 10-14 years
A UK survey of 60 American Cocker Spaniels Median lifetime of 10.3 years
Longest surviving American Cocker Spaniel 17.3 years
A survey, based on 289 English Cocker Spaniels 12-14 years
Median lifetime of 11.2 years
Longest surviving English Cocker Spaniel 17.3 years

Be alert if you notice any health condition symptoms in your pet. Vigilance and quick action could save your pet’s life.

In the table hereunder, we will discuss health conditions that could adversely affect the Cocker Spaniel Lifespan.

Health Condition Symptoms Treatment
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart) Rapid or labored breathing, listlessness, lack of appetite, weakness, fainting. Annual ECG or an Echocardiogram as from 1-year old;

Medication and dietary supplementation

Eye Diseases:

Canine Distichiasis)




Constant tearing of eyes,
Irritation in the eyes,
The bluish tint of the cornea,
Eye lenses are cloudy,
Dullness of eyes,
Discharge in corners
cryosurgery (freezing)
Laser procedureEye drops, surgery if necessarySurgical removal of cataractsOintment applied for the lifetime of your pet.
Idiopathic Epilepsy
(inherited disease)
Seizures Blood analysis, Lifelong medication.
Skin Conditions:

a) Malassezia dermatitis (Yeast infection)

b) Seborrhea ( Flaky and dry skin; or greasy, oily)

Ears have a discharge of brown wax-like substance;

Hair-fall and greasy areas on the throat, neck areas
bad odor!

Itchiness, constant scratching.

Specially medicated shampoos, and rinses,

Prescribed medication for underlying allergies.

Cancer (a major cause of death in senior dogs) Uncharacteristic bumps or visible lumps. Diagnostic tests,
Surgical removal, chemotherapy.
Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) Dry, dull skin, and lifeless coat and hair loss, weight gain/loss, uncharacteristic behavior. Annual blood tests /screening, replacement hormonal tablets
Liver Diseases (If not diagnosed, can cause Hepatic Encephalopathy) severe brain condition) Diarrhea,
lack of appetite,
constant thirst
Hepatitis and other conditions are diagnosed with blood testing and liver biopsy.

Treatment includes medication and prescribed diet

Urinary Stones (hard crystals in the urinary system) Passing frequent, painful, tiny amounts of urine,
Traces of blood in urine,
lack of appetite,
Medication and diet to dissolve the stones,
non-surgical procedure or surgical removal of stones
Bleeding Disorders (mostly inherited, i.e. Von Willebrand’s disease a blood clotting disorder Severe bleeding occurs at the slightest injury. Diagnostic tests, DNA and/or Surgery
Bone and Joint Problems

a) Patellar Luxation

b) Hip dysplasia

a) Kneecap shifts

b) An inherited condition, dysfunctional hip joint
Lameness, difficulty walking, loose joints.

a) Arthritis medication or surgery.

b) X-rays, Surgery in very severe cases.

Home care of your Cocker Spaniel

  • Deal with an ethical Breeder,
  • Routine veterinarian examinations
  • Vaccinations.
  • Good oral health routine
  • Daily grooming (also stimulates circulation)
  • High quality, balanced nutrition
  • Limit calorie consumption.
  • Sufficient walks, exercise,
  • Loving interaction with the family.

Remember, you are the only spokesperson that your pet has. Consult your veterinarian to discuss any issues that are a cause for concern and can affect your pet’s quality of life and longevity.