ALL ABOUT™ ENGLISH COCKER SPANIELS
English Cocker Spaniel Puppy & Breed Information
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The English Cocker Spaniel descended from the original spaniels of Spain. He is a tough worker, capable of getting into the densest cover to flush and retrieve game but he’s almost as happy trotting briskly beside you or snuggling with you watching TV.
English Cocker Spaniel Coat, Color, Care: The Cocker can be solid, roan, or parti-color (white frill and patches) in black, liver or shades of red. White feet on solids is undesirable. Regular brushing and combing keep his silky coat free of mats. Occasional professional clipping and trimming of feathered legs will enhance the dog’s true lines and keep him neat looking.
English Cocker Spaniel Personality: All Cockers soft, alert and intelligent and known for their merry and affectionate nature. He should have early socialization with strangers and children so that he meets everyone wagging. Quick to bark at new sights and sounds, he will need obedience training and know what “quiet” means.
Exercise Requirements: Like all field dogs, English Cockers require daily outdoor exercise to allow him to run and play and burn off all that energy. Cockers also need lots of companionship which will also help prevent nervous habits such as chewing or barking.
Health Concerns: The Average lifespan of a cocker is 10-15 years. Serious eye problems include retinal atrophy and cataracts. They can also have kidney disease and ear problems. 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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