Cocker Spaniel, Small Pets , Working Dogs
Cocker Spaniel refers to two modern breeds of dogs of the spaniel dog type: the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel, both of which are commonly called simply Cocker Spaniel in their countries of origin. It was also used as a generic term prior to the 20th century for a small hunting Spaniel. Cocker Spaniels were originally bred as hunting dogs in the United Kingdom, with the term "cocker" deriving from their use to hunt the Eurasian Woodcock. When the breed was brought to the United States it was bred to a different standard which enabled it to specialize in hunting the American Woodcock. There are two modern breeds of cocker spaniel, the English Cocker Spaniel and the American Cocker Spaniel. Today the main differences between the two are: the American is generally smaller with a shorter back, a domed head and a shorter muzzle, while the English variety is taller with a narrower head and chest.
Small pets or pocket pets is a term used to refer to any small mammal commonly kept as a household pet. The six general criteria which qualify an animal to be considered a small pet include its commonality as a domestic housepet, that it provides no potential danger to humans or other animals, that it is non-exotic, the degree of overall ease of care and feeding, that it have an amicable disposition making it suitable as a "companion" pet, and that it be relatively small in stature. The most common small pets include rodents such as: hamsters, gerbils, fancy mice, fancy rats, and guinea pigs. It also includes pets such as sugar gliders, flying squirrels, hedgehogs, etc.; which have been bred as domestic housepets in the U.S. for the last 15 years. There was a time when pot-bellied pigs were considered small pets, and even pygmy goats. Even mini-horses have been kept as small pets, although they would not be considered house pets.
A working dog is a canine working animal, i.e., a type of dog that is not merely a pet but learns and performs tasks to assist and/or entertain its human companions, or a breed of such origin. In Australia and New Zealand a working dog is one which has been trained to work livestock, irrespective of its breeding. Within this general description, however, there are several ways in which the phrase is used. To identify any dog that performs actions on a regular basis to assist people. In this context, a dog that helps a rancher manage cattle or that performs stunts for a trainer who receives pay for its acts is a working dog, as is a service dog or an assistance dog. This might be in comparison to a companion dog, whose purpose is primarily as a pet. To distinguish between dogs that are bred for appearance primarily to win conformation shows and working dogs that are bred primarily for their ability to perform a task. Most modern dogs are kept as pets, but there are many ways to work.