Cocker Spaniel Dogs
The Spaniel is a great canine companion in any home, but remember that it comes from a hunting background. They are active, lively and cuddly dogs. The spaniel is a mixture of a tough, instinctive hunting dog and a lovable, kind house dog.
The Look of a Cocker Spaniel
The spaniel is known for its glossy, smooth coat, long ears and sturdy form. They have a broad enough snout and a square-shaped jaw. Their ears are long and feathered, their eyes are dark and have an almond-shape and their noses are either black or brown, this will depend on the coat colour. They have elegant necks, deep chests, short backs and normally have docked tails.
Their coats are silky and very easy to manage. They come in a variety of colours ranging from black, black with tan spots, light cream, dark red to many other combinations. Overall, Cocker Spaniels are friendly, hardy and extremely lovable dogs.
What They Are Like to Live With
An active dog, they will keep you on your toes! They love playing with toys and objects and of course, family members. They love being around people and love being the centre of attention. Cocker Spaniels learn very quickly, obey easily, and trust their owners. They are generally good with strangers, but they make excellent watchdogs.
Cocker Spaniels can adapt to most situations. If you’re an active hiker, these dogs will keep pace with you all day. If you’re more of an indoor person, your Cocker Spaniel will gladly join you on the sofa. They’ll be perfectly happy almost anywhere, as long as they get a decent amount of exercise and attention.
Things You Should Know
Due to over-breeding for the past several decades, spaniels can suffer from problems like aggressiveness, shyness and roaming that are not typical of the breed. Take care to socialize and train your Cocker Spaniel puppy to make it >comfortable around others when it grows to an adult.
Cocker Spaniels need daily grooming, washing and brushing, to keep their coats silky and clean. Care for their ears regularly to prevent infection.
A healthy Cocker Spaniel can live as long as 15 years. Common health issues include glaucoma, cataracts, spinal problems, and skin problems.
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