Born May 4, 1935 Brucie was the son of Red Brucie,
considered to be the father of the modern American Cocker Spaniel.
My Own Brucie won best in show at Westminster in 1940 and 1941 and he won best in the sporting group for three years running, a rare achievement. Brucie's popularity helped cement the American Cocker Spaniel as the most popular breed in America in the 1940s. A fact well represented in advertisements from the era, like the one below for a television showing two kids and a dog, that looks not unlike Brucie, enjoying their new TV.
Sadly Brucie died at the age of 8 from kidney disease. Since Brucie was a popular sire and his father was the foundation dog for the breed, his kidney disease brings to mind the concern over the "popular sire effect." Meaning, one dog becomes the sire of too many and thus restricts the breeds gene pool. Since Cocker Spaniels are prone to kidney disease it is possible that the prevalence of the problem in the breed traces back to Brucie or his father, but of course impossible to know for sure.
Brucie was surely a lovely dog and helped to create one of Americas best breeds. Below is a video of Brucie's Westminster win: