The Cocker Spaniel became the country’s No. 1 dog in the 1940s. They appeared in the hit Disney movie “Lady and the Tramp” and were featured in the “Dick and Jane” books from which many baby boomers learned to read.
Checkers, the dog Richard Nixon spoke abut in his famous “Checkers speech” of 1952, was a Cocker Spaniel. Cockers are intelligent, gentle dogs that thrive as part of a family.