Breed Guide: Cocker Spaniel

Breed Guide: Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are two breeds of dogs, the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel, usually referred to as the Cocker Spaniel in their home country. In the early 1900s, there were also small hounds among cocker spaniels.

Key Facts 

Size: Medium

Exercise Requirements:   1 hour

Coat Length: Medium

Lifespan: 10 – 12 years

Table of Contents

    1. Personality and Training
    2. Training
    3. Exercise and Living Conditions
    4. Grooming

1. Personality and Training

 As any owner will tell you, each Cocker Spaniel has a unique personality and temperament, but most have some common characteristics. Generally, Cocker Spaniels are smart, cheerful, and outgoing, preferring to be around other creatures than left alone. These dogs are often seen wagging their tails enthusiastically, earning them a reputation as an overall happy breed that is easy to please. Cocker spaniels get along well with children and other pets, but they always form the closest relationship with the person who feeds them. 

2. Training

Cocker Spaniel training is easy, and once it is completed they are loyal to the fault. However, keep in mind that, unlike many other dogs, they do not respond well to hands that are too hard, so we recommend choosing a carrot instead of a cane whenever possible. Of course, you still need to prove to them your superiority as a leader, but loud noises and scare tactics are too effective for Cocker Spaniels and will quickly make them stressed and nervous.

3. Exercise and Living Conditions

Compared to most other medium-sized dog breeds, Cocker Spaniel does not require much exercise; in fact, most days per hour are more than enough. It is a good idea to take them for rigorous exercise every two weeks to maintain their physical health but nothing too exhausted.  Although one hour of exercise a day should be enough to keep your dog in shape, you should never stop your Cocker Spaniel from playing or if they want to play around you. Don’t worry about making them feel tired. When they are tired, they will let you know, and you will both feel better. If the right outlet is provided for their energy, these dogs will be very satisfied with the living space they need to use. They are by no means known for being picky eaters, nor are they more likely to meet specific nutritional needs than any other breed of dog. Generally speaking, if you feed and treat them well, these dogs will lead a rich and healthy life.

 

4. Grooming

Cocker Spaniels need to be groomed regularly. A good brush once a day is ideal, but we recommend no longer than two days unless you want their hair to fall all over the room. Comb them to keep the fur in good condition and remove any debris trapped in the fur (this happens often and surprisingly). You should trim your dog‘s coat every 2-3 months and always take them to a bath to remove any loose hair. Bathing your cocker spaniel does not happen very often. Therefore, if you feel it is necessary to take a bath, please feel free to do it. Pay special attention to their ears, back, and abdomen when bathing.

 

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