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Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

It’s no wonder that the puppy love in Lady & the Tramp was focused on a sweet, loving Cocker Spaniel. These dogs enjoy being affectionate and will respond easily to gentle training.






Size:
Male: Average 27 lbs. Female: Average 25 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
Your Cocker Spaniel will need a good walk each day and is an eager jogging companion, if you’re interested. These dogs don’t require an excessive amount of exercise, but if they get bored or restless, they may respond by barking or digging.
Mess Factor:
Cocker Spaniels are renowned for their beautiful, glossy coats. This attribute might not seem so lovely when stray hairs are drifting around your apartment and sticking to your clothes. If you choose this breed, be prepared to purchase a good lint brush, as well.
Barking and Volume:
This breed is known to vocalize with a high-pitched bark, but they can be trained to keep it to a minimum. Just keep in mind that most Cocker Spaniels do enjoy a good “conversation.”
Training Requirements:
Cocker Spaniels are known for being outgoing and eager to please. With just a basic puppy class, they should be good to go. They are a sensitive breed, so harsh training methods are not necessary.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: This breed is susceptible to cataracts, hip dysplasia, hemophilia, stomach and ear problems, heart disease and progressive retinal atrophy (which can lead to blindness). If you notice your Cocker rubbing his face a lot, take him to the vet for a check-up. *A responsible breeder can minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: A trim is required every six to eight weeks.
Training: The basics. A puppy class should be sufficient.
Grooming Requirements:
In order to keep that beautiful coat healthy, this breed should visit a groomer every six to eight weeks for a brush and trim. Nails should be trimmed about once a month. At home, you should brush your Cocker Spaniel every day to keep his coat tangle-free. Introduce your puppy to these tasks early on, so he’ll learn to be comfortable and cooperative while being groomed.
Kid Compatibility:
One of the best qualities of a Cocker Spaniel is their merry, playful disposition. They make wonderful companions for children.
Longevity:
14 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Cocker Spaniels generally get along well with other dogs, cats and small animals, so introducing them to other pets shouldn’t be a problem. Early socialization will help them get comfortable making new friends.
Friendliness: Towards People
This breed has a very happy, friendly disposition. Cockers are a popular family dog for a reason — they love to be surrounded by people and take part in the action.
BE PREPARED FOR: A merry four-legged friend with a gleaming coat…that will take lots of time to maintain.





Links and Resources:
Clubs
American Spaniel Club
Rescues
Cocker Spaniel Rescue
Videos
Cocker Spaniel Pups




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