14 Spaniel Dog Breeds for Canine Lovers

American Cocker Spaniel One of the most loved spaniels is the American cocker spaniel. It is the smallest of the American Kennel Club Sporting Group breeds. They are loved by dog lovers around the world for their small size, sweet expression, and lively personalities. 

American Water Spaniel This rare breed of medium size originated in the Great Lakes area of the United States. It was bred from several breeds including the English water spaniels and the Irish. They are well-known for their ability to retrieve water. 

Boykin Spaniel This rare breed of medium size originated in the Great Lakes area of the United States. It was bred from several breeds including the English water spaniels and the Irish. They are well-known for their ability to retrieve water. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Although only officially recognized by the AKC in 1995 the Cavalier King Charles is a noble breed. They are the most loved spaniel in America today. They are loved for their affectionate, friendly, happy-go lucky, and eager to please personalities. 

Clumber Spaniel The Clumber, one of our largest spaniels, is calmer than most of their working cousins. The Clumber is a gentle, calm dog. They can identify scents but aren't as active or fast as springers and cockers. Although they can be wary of strangers, they are able to adapt well to positive training and socialization. 

English Cocker Spaniel The breed's name is likely a result of spaniels being agile, friendly, and compact. English cockers have become a very popular companion breed. Their silky, soft coat and soft eyes will melt your heart. 

English Springer Spaniel Another famous spaniel is the English springer. They are a highly active, energetic spaniel that is not suited for a sedentary home. They love to have a job and thrive on being able to use their amazing scenting abilities. 

Papillon Surprised to find out that the papillon belongs to the spaniel family? The ears of this toy breed were once a bit swollen. They were then selectively bred to form the butterfly-shaped ears they are today. It is also known as the continental toy spaniel. 

Welsh Springer Spaniel Although it is smaller than its English counterpart, the Welsh springer spaniel looks very similar to its English cousin. They are only distinguished by their red and white markings. The Welshie is friendly, active, and happy. They are known for being more relaxed at home and less active outdoors. 

English Toy Spaniel The English toy spaniel is well-known for its cheerful personality and cuddly nature. It is very similar to the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and makes a great companion dog. It will happily shadow you wherever you go, and is very loyal and attached to its family. 

Field Spaniel Field spaniels were closely related to springer spaniels and cocker spaniels. They hunted game in England’s vast fields. They are energetic, playful, loyal, and intelligent. They are a great fit for active families and bond well with their family. 

Irish Water Spaniel The Irish water spaniel, also known as the rat tail spaniel because of its smooth tail, is a medium-sized gun dog that can retrieve waterfowl such as ducks and geese. It can also flush and retrieve upland game such quail or pheasant. 

Kooikerhondje (Kooiker) The Dutch Kooikerhondje or simply kooiker is a small spaniel with a friendly temperament. The small size and friendliness of this dog have been a companion for duck hunters for centuries. However, they are now masters at canine competitions such as agility and flyball. 

Sussex Spaniel The Sussex spaniel, unlike its relatives, is rarer than other spaniels. This breed was developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to be low to the ground, to help navigate through thick underbrush, and to bark to indicate its location. They almost went extinct after World War II. They are affectionate, happy and intelligent.