An Irish Setter and a Cocker Spaniel

After some research I found that Irish Setters were originated in Ireland as gundogs. They are friendly, mischievous and inquisitive with a high energy level. They require daily walks and make for a good family dog.

This sketch is 11 x 14 done with prismacolor pencils. I used light umber, dark umber, red and black for the nose and mouth.

Irish Setter Sketch

Irish Setters are used in schools and hospitals as therapy dogs. That deep rich mahogany in their coats is simply beautiful.

Irish Setter

Cocker Spaniels are one of my favorite breeds and until today I didn’t know there were two types. There is an American breed which has much longer fur and an English breed.

This sketch is 11 X 14 also and done in the same pencils. I used dark brown for the eye, light umber for the fur and a light layer of gold underneath the fur. And black of course for the nose and mouth.

Cocker Spaniel Sketch

These dogs hair can grow at incredible lengths so finding a grooming shop is a must. This is a picture of an American Cocker Spaniel.

American Cocker Spaniel

Here’s a picture of an English Cocker Spaniel.


I was reading online that because these dogs have longer ears than most dogs they are more prone to ear problems than other breeds. Shame it’s that way. Trips to the Vet could get costly.

I’ve sat and pondered if an American Cocker Spaniel and an English Cocker Spaniel were both well groomed (and standing side by side) if they would be close in appearance or not. I see resemblances in the two breeds but differences as well. The tail of the English breed is longer than that of the American breed.

For more information you can go to the American Kennel Club.

What’s your favorite breed?





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