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Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

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Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

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All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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English Cocker Spaniel Temperament And Dog Breed Information

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English Cocker Spaniel Temperament

The English Cocker Spaniel temperament is second to none! Happy, friendly and enthusiastic – they’re great with families and children and have an easy going personality that loves to be active. It is no wonder they are in the top ten of the UK’s  Most Popular Dog Breeds.

They are not a dominant breed being typically willing and obedient  with a good ability to learn. The English Cocker Spaniel  is an excellent companion dog, rarely dog aggressive especially if socialized properly , and typically very good with cats and other pets, again especially so if raised with them or socialized early.

Though eager to please, they can be a little wilful in training and if allowed may become over-possessive with toys. Early reminders teach them to share and that people rule rule the household not Cocker Spaniels.

Check out the differences  between English and American Cocker Spaniels

Grooming: The Cocker Spaniel requires regular care and ideally daily or every other day brushing to stay in top shape. Their long, silky coat is prone to tangling and matting but is easy to maintain with a quick five minute grooming routine each day. These dogs love the attention so grooming really is simple and easy.

Ears are particularly vulnerable to infection and require special attention.

Children: Generally adores children, they seem to enjoy interacting with children and are tolerant of even very young kids. See also the best dog breeds for children.

Exercise: The Cocker Spaniel is, by nature a very active dog especially when they are young. As they mature the need for long, sustained exercise is much less but they still enjoy a brisk walk or a run through the park on a daily basis.

The wonderful adaptability of the English Cocker Spaniel means that they can adjust to various levels of exercise and although they are an active dog, can tolerate periods of inactivity without becoming hyper and destructive in the house, as long as the inactivity is not prolonged.

English Cocker Spaniel Breed Notes

The English Cocker Spaniel is a the Land spaniel as opposed to a water spaniel with evidence of spaniel type dogs going back as far as 1300. At some point Spaniels became divided into the two types: land and water, but it wasn't until 1800 that spaniels were divided again into seven separate breeds: the Welsh Springer, English Springer, Sussex, Clumber, Field, and Irish Water .

The Cocker was only considered to be a separate breed from its close relative the Springer Spaniel in 1892. Up until that point Spaniels in a litter were sorted by size, the larger ones being suited for “springing” game and the smaller ones (under 25lbs) better for hunting small game birds such as Wood Cock. The smaller Spaniels were henceforth known as Cockers. English Cocker Spaniels where taken to America during the early 1800’s where they were developed and bred further to suit local conditions, being declared a seperate breed from their American cocker cousins in 1935.

The English Cocker Spaniel Temperament Is Happy, Affectionate, Exuberant And Gentle

Group: Sporting

Size: Medium

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Avg Height: 14-16”  

Avg Weight: 15-30 lbs

Life span: 12-15 yrs

Coat Type:Well feathered body and legs, with silky smooth fine wavy hair

Colouration: solid colours except black, part-colours

 Protection level:  Their  gentle Cocker temperament  means they are more likely to wag their tail and welcome a stranger than they are to act aggressive or territorial, although some Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs and will bark when someone approaches.

Health: With the popularity of Cocker Spaniel as a pet and gun dog there has been a significant amount of backyard Breeding that has lead to some serious health conditions in many Cockers that are not purchased from reputable breeders .

Even within some of the purebred lines there are some minor health issue, but these are seen in many breeds of dogs. Some of the more serious health concerns are:

Dont be too alarmed by the list these are just some possible concerns, your Cocker might be perfectly healthy, Be sensible though, finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

The Ideal English Cocker owner is active, strong willed and sociable who enjoys energetic walks, playing and training.

Not recommend for weak willed owners or people with allergies.  

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle.

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