So, You're Interested in an English Cocker?

The English Cocker Spaniel (ECS) is a relatively rare breed in the US. The American Kennel Club (AKC) registers about 1,500 ECS per year, as compared to over 40,000 for the most popular breeds in the US. My personal belief is that this is due to ECS breeders in the US who breed their dogs carefully, screen homes to match puppies with good, loving homes, etc. As a result, please be patient if interested in acquiring an ECS for your family. The right dog will come along and will be well worth the wait!

Also, please consider the following sources of information for adoption or to acquire puppies:

Check out our English Cocker Inquiries FAQs below and our new Stirling ECS FAQs page!

English Cocker Inquiry FAQs

Thanks for your inquiry about English Cocker Spaniels. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about finding an ECS to join your family. 

Where can I find out more about this breed and get referrals to breeders?

Please consider these resources to confirm their match with your lifestyle & to contact reputable breeders:

We can share our breeding philosophy, for your reference, as you speak to breeders.

How long does it take to get an ECS puppy?

It may take 6-9 months to get a puppy. ECS only 1,500 register dogs/year with the AKC - Labradors register over 160,000. Please be patient & you will find the right dog for your family!

What are good sources for ECS companions?

Rescue & breeder "give ups" are a great source for a family companion. See for available dogs, applications & adoption info. We can help you thru the process.

What are the breeding philosophies at Stirling English Cockers?

We make every attempt to breed sound, healthy English Cockers with good temperaments.  Our dogs are raised to be a part of our family and we do our best to expose puppies to new people, experiences and situations, so they are prepared for the world at large.  Our puppies are generally placed after 10-12 weeks, so they are past the fear imprinting stage. 

We follow recently revised vaccine protocols to avoid shocks to puppy immune systems and use genetic testing and health clearance testing extensively when breeding.  We do our best to avoid propagating health problems in the breed.  For additional information, please see our Stirling FAQs page. 

How do I contact Stirling English Cockers for more information?

Unfortunately, we had to discontinue auto replies and email forwarding from this site, due to excessive spam.  However, you can send email to our email address: information at stirling dash ecs dot org.  Please note that this email address is spelled out phonetically, to avoid further spam.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Nina & Curt
Stirling English Cockers

Stirling ECS Philosophy & FAQs

Contact us directly about our breeding philosophy and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about us and our dogs.  Also see our FAQ page for further information.

More Information

We hope this information will be helpful to you. If we can be of assistance in referring you to additional resources or help answer questions about this wonderful breed, please just drop us a line at "information at stirling dash ecs dot org"!