While the Border Collie Cocker's history is not well-documented, it is believed that the breed originated in the United States in order to improve health in these breeds. Its parent breeds – the Border Collie and American Cocker Spaniel – are both energetic, lively dogs with much spunk in their personalities. The Border Collie was originally developed to help herd sheep in the rural areas between Scotland and England. Farmers were attracted to the Border Collie's unlimited energy and high working drive. The breed was loved for its ease in being trained and for excelling in obedience, agility, tracking, and flying disc competitions. In 1906, the Border Collie's first standard was made public. This working canine can be traced to Wiston Cap, a stud dog from the 1960s. In 1995, the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The American Cocker Spaniel originated from the English Cocker Spaniel. The word “cocker” stems from “woodcock”, which was a game bird the Cocker excelled in capturing. Experts believe that the English Cocker Spaniel was cross-bred with the smaller toy Spaniels in order to create the modern-day American Cocker Spaniel. In 1935, the AKC created two separate categories to distinguish between the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel. This lovable dog continues to be one of the most popular dogs in the country today. In 1968, the English Kennel Club officially recognized the American Cocker Spaniel. Due to the Border Collie Cocker's hybrid status, the breed is not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.