This well-tempered and gentle natured breed is one of the smallest in the gun-dog group, but what they lack in size, they make up for in an affectionate and outgoing temperament.
Cocker Spaniel Bio:
Breed Group: Gun-dog
Average Life Span: 12 - 15 Years
Coat Colours: Black, Orange & White, Liver Roan, Blue Roan, Liver & Tan
Height: Female: 36–41 cm, Male: 38–43 cm
Weight: Female: 12–15 kg, Male: 13–16 kg
If you’re looking for a dog that’s just as happy to cuddle on the sofa as it is to run wild in the park, then a Cocker Spaniel is ideal for the whole family. But it’s important to note this friendly breed can be a little nervy when around strangers, and will cling to their owner.
This nervous disposition may also affect the training methods you use, as some will find shouting and loud noises frightening. As an obedient dog breed, it shouldn’t take long for the spaniel to become trained, use gentle method such a repetition.
A young Cocker Spaniel should only need about half an hour exercise a day, but they will love to run and play for hours on end. Be careful when taking your Cocker Spaniel out on a walk, as a hunting dog, they love to chase rabbits, birds or anything else they might be able to catch.
Also, be prepared for grooming that comes with your Cocker Spaniel. Their gorgeous coat may look spectacular but this isn’t without preparation. You’ll need to brush your Spaniel every day to maintain a shiny coat, clipping and bathing them at least every six weeks. You’ll also need to trim their nails one a month and clean their ears with a cotton bud at every week and check for ear infections which spaniels are prone to.
All in all, the Cocker Spaniel can be an ideal family dog, and loving companion. Whilst they can take a lot of work, so are not always ideal for first time dog owners, their extraordinary loyalty makes it all worth it in the end.