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What do you need to know before you adopt a Cocker Spaniel? We asked the experts!
Cocker Spaniels are all about their people. All they want to do is hang out with you and will make you feel very loved. They are medium to high-maintenance with grooming, medical, and emotional needs, so they make a perfect pet for someone who is a natural caregiver.
Camp Cocker Rescue says:
Cocker Spaniels are high-maintenance dogs! A Cocker Spaniel's coat must be brushed frequently and professionally groomed once a month, and his long, floppy ears must be cleaned weekly to prevent ear infections. In addition, Cocker Spaniels tend to have skin problems, especially if they are not fed a high-quality, grain-free diet. And unfortunately, the breed is prone to several serious eye diseases that can cause blindness and are expensive to treat, like cataracts and glaucoma.
Cocker Spaniels are very people-oriented dogs, so they love to be with their humans. This makes them fantastic companions for people who are home most of the time. But a Cocker Spaniel is not a good choice for someone who works full-time out of the house, because a Cocker left alone all day is likely to be miserable and respond by developing behavioral problems like excessive barking and chewing.
Cocker Spaniels are sweet and wonderful companions, but they require care and maintenance. Their beauty is also their curse. Their thick long coats must be regularly groomed to avoid matting, and their ears require frequent attention. Because they have floppy ears, air cannot flow into their canals, and they can become infected. They should be checked every few days to make sure this is not happening. Anyone wanting a cocker spaniel must be willing to attend to his or her special needs.
More about the Cocker Spaniel:
There are actually two distinct breeds of Cocker Spaniels. The back of the English Cocker Spaniel is shorter than that of the American Cocker Spaniel and the head is considerably more round than that of the American Cocker Spaniel. Those who share their homes with both Cocker Spaniels and Cocker Spaniel mixes often describe them as cheerful, loving, sweet and gentle, charming and trustworthy. It is helpful to socialize these breeds at a young age to avoid their natural tendency toward timidity and shyness.
Cocker Spaniels are best suited for people willing to provide daily walks, a bit of playtime and lots of companionship for their pet! These breeds will do fine living in an apartment if adequate walks and exercise are provided.
Though cockers are average shedders they do require brushing several times each week to minimize shedding. The long coat also requires frequent shampooing and trimming. When brushing your dog care should be taken not to pull out the long silky hair. Care must also be taken to keep the ears clean on these breeds as the long, floppy ears can trap dirt and debris inside leading to ear infections.