Frequently Asked Questions About the Cocker Spaniel

1.  What about this breed makes it a wonderful family companion?

IF bred correctly, the Cocker Spaniel can be a wonderful family companion.  Temperament is hereditary so it's important that your new puppy comes from solid breeding stock with infallible temperaments.  Cocker Spaniels prefer to be followers and not leaders.  They do best with owners who are familiar with the breed and who can set boundaries for the puppy.  Firm but gentle leadership helps produce a well trained, obedient dog that is a pleasure to live with.  Some basic obedience classes can teach you how to train your dog and can help build a foundation for you to handle any behavioral problems you may encounter.   Cocker puppies have high energy and are perfect for families with children who can help focus that energy in a safe environment. Cockers love to run, play fetch and will retrieve all day long if you let them!   

2.  What kind of grooming does a Cocker Spaniel require?

A Cocker Spaniel has a coat that requires maintenance for its entire life.  Unlike the coat of a Labrador, a Cocker Spaniel's hair will continue to grow and will not naturally shed.  It must be clippered.  Keeping your dog in a manageable puppy cut is usually the easiest way to keep your dog's skin and coat in good shape.  Baths and trims should be scheduled for every 4 to 5 weeks with your groomer.  Clippering the top portion of the hair on their ears (inside the flap also) will help circulate air and prevent ear infections.  Clippering the hair on the pads of the feet often as well as keeping the toe nails short is necessary so that your dog has good traction on floors.  Make note of whether your puppy has dew claws because they will have to be trimmed also.