The Cocker Spaniel is a beautiful spaniel with very long, hanging ears, a rounded head, and a profuse, silky, feathered coat, which should not be too long. The body is compact with a topline that slopes slightly to the rear. The expression is soft and appealing. The head is chiseled with an abrupt stop and rounded skull. The muzzle is broad with a square jaw. The upper lip hangs down, covering the lower jaw completely. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The nose is always black on black dogs, but may be brown on other dogs. The eyes are round, set on so they look straight forward. The eye rims are slightly oval. The body is compact, with a short back. The topline should slope gently downwards from front to back. The tail is docked to 2/5 its original length, and carried in line or slightly above the backline. The front legs are straight, with good bone. Dewclaws on front and rear legs should be removed.