1" Scale miniature Cocker Spaniel, sleeping after a long day of playing.
Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs in the United Kingdom, with the term deriving from their use to hunt
the Woodcock. While their origins are unknown, Spaniels are mentioned in 14th century writings and it is commonly assumed that they originated in Spain. There are two modern breeds of Cocker Spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel. They were bred as gun dogs to use their sense of smell to cover low areas near the handler in order to flush birds into the air to be shot, and to use their eyes and nose to locate the bird once downed, and then to retrieve the bird with a soft mouth.
The American Cocker Spaniel was recognized as the most popular dog in America beginning in 1936 and held onto the spot until 1952 when Beagles became the most popular dog. It regained the spot in 1983 and held on at number one until 1990.