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Cocker Spaniel Puppy & Breed Information
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The “American” Cocker Spaniel evolved in England from the English Cocker Spaniel but was developed as its own breed in America. He has evolved since the 1880’s in type, size and coloring. His endurance and speed make him a good gun dog able to retrieve and flush game from the field or water or just hanging out in the apartment.
Cocker Spaniel Coat, Color, Care: The Cocker can be solid in color ranging from the lightest cream to the darkest red. Black, brown, and parti-colored (meaning with white) are stunning combinations. Daily brushing of his silky, medium length hair (flat or slightly wavy) and combing the heavy leg feathering will keep him free of tangles and mats. Monthly clipping and trimming of feathered legs will enhance the dog’s true lines and keep him neat looking and an occasional bath will keep him from smelling “doggy”.
Cocker Spaniel Personality: One of the smallest sporting dogs, his compact body, refined head, and loving expression make this merry dog a wonderful family pet. Socialization should begin at a young age as this will help with shyness and prevent snapping or growling. It will also ensure he will grow up tail waggin’ and playfully happy with everyone he meets. Sometimes quick to bark at new sights and sounds, he will need obedience/manners training and learn what “quiet” means.
Exercise Requirements: Cocker Spaniels, like all field dogs, need daily exercise and opportunity to stretch out and run. Long walks in the park are okay but you must have a fenced yard.
Health Concerns: Cockers live approximately 12 to 15 years but may suffer from eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and other eye infections. They may also experience patellar luxation and ear infections. Allergies, itching, skin problems or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, not excluding medication side effects. A natural (partially home cooked) diet may correct such disorders.
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