|The English Cocker Spaniel is, by
breed standard, a "merry" dog. They are
energetic, boisterous, and absolutely joyful companions when in
the right environment.
They are big enough to not be fragile, but small enough to
be manageable. While energetic and playful at times,
they also enjoy a good cuddle on the couch.
However, English Cockers are not a dog for everyone.
They need human companionship and would not be the right dog for
someone who spends little time with a pet. If you are
a heavy-handed strict disciplinarian, maybe you should choose
another breed - the English Cocker has a soft personality that
responds poorly to harsh treatment and severe correction.
They are long coated dogs that require grooming at least every few
Puppies and younger dogs need plenty of exercise and
stimulation to stay physically healthy and keep out of mischief.
Adults also need walks, playtime and special attention to
English Cockers are a little stubborn and think for
themselves, but with gentleness they can be trained in any area
and generally are eager to please. A doggie treat goes a
long way with English Cockers! They compete in breed,
obedience, pet therapy, agility, flyball, tracking, working
trials, and other field work.
Most are good with other pets and
children. They can sometimes be a bit possessive and
"growly", but get over it quickly and are
generally very loving. English Cockers live
12-15 years with proper health care.
If you are looking for an English Cocker puppy please
consider first what a serious responsibility dog ownership
is. Consider the costs of food, supplies, vet care and
training; the amount of time you will spend exercising, house
training, and grooming an English Cocker.
If you have thought about these things, and still want to
proceed in your quest for an English Cocker puppy, please contact
our club President, Donna
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