To keep their silky coat free of mats, English Cocker Spaniels require regular brushing and combing, plus trimming and clipping every couple of months. You either need to learn how to use an electric clipper, or pay a professional groomer to do it.
English Cocker Spaniels need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking. If you work all day, this is not the breed for you.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a hunting dog who needs more exercise than you might think. Just because he's small doesn't mean he will be happy living in an apartment with no yard and a couple of walks around the block. This breed needs some outside space (fenced) to romp and play.
The biggest mistake people make with English Cocker Spaniels is not exercising them enough. When this breed isn't allowed to properly burn off energy, they can develop severe anxiety which results in barking, howling and destructive chewing when left alone. English Cockers crave companionship, and even if properly exercised can still develop severe separation anxiety. For this reason, Cockers are better suited for families with a stay at home parent, or for people who do not work long hours.
The English cocker spaniel has kept strong hunting instincts; this dog likes few things better in life than to go out in search of birds. Yet that pleasure is closely rivaled by the pleasure the dog derives from being close to family members. This is a breed that likes to be part of every family activity. He is cheerful, biddable, loyal, sensitive and playful; in short, a perfect companion for a considerate child or an adventurous adult.
This is a friendly dog, whether to other dogs and pets, children, strangers, and even burglars. The English cocker spaniel is a pretty good watchdog, but a poor choice for a protection dog.
We have a cocker spaniel (had 2 until fairly recently but unfortunately she died). They do need exercise and are quite hyper but I think an hour a day is enough, if possible a good run off the lead is best especially if you have less time. We have 2 children, the eldest being 4, and both have pulled the dogs hair (pulling them to standing), play with them etc and the dogs have been absolutely great. I would recommend them as a good breed with children. I have never heard of the cocker rage, the dog we still have is now 12 and fortunately had no serious illnesses.
I grew up with them and my parents bred them. The ones we had were golden, though the last one we had was quite 'red' almost like an Irish Setter. She was the gentlest and most loving I have ever known. She was also great with cats, they used to sleep together. I just love their infectious character, constant tail wagging and always happy to see you.
The only health issues I know of is ear problems. It's nothing too serious just has to be monitored and regularly cleaned. As for rage syndrome, it's common sense more than any thing. ie get from a good breeder, meet one or both parents etc.
If you don't want a hyper dog then I really don't think an English Cocker is the right dog for you. We had one as a puppy four years ago and we had to rehome her because she was completely hyper. An hours walking a day was no where near enough, she leapt all over the kids all the time, and would still be running round like a nutcase at 10pm. With 2 young children it was far far too much. One of my friends has one too and she is very very naughty.
If you do decide that a cocker is for you then please ensure that you go to a really good breeder, ensure that they are bred indoors and are not "working" cockers...they are even more of a handful.
What about a cavalier King charles?Still have the spaniel look but no where near as much of a handful. We have had a greyhound since our cocker, he was lovely but died of cancer in june and we now have a 17 wk old Border Terrier puppy. She is completely fab with the kids and crashes when the kids go to bed....couldn't be better.
I have a working cocker and at two years of age she is still completely mental. 2-3 hours exercise a day keeps her moderately calm. Apart from that, she is wonderful - very loving and super with my 6 month old baby. I recommend the breed, but they are hard hard work.
Springers need a lot more exercise than Cockers. They would go crazy with just an hour or hour and a half of exercise - they are constantly go go go! They also tend to be more barky, prone to neuroticism and need a far more consistent owner when training as otherwise they will decide what they want to do.
Cockers are much more novice friendly. /u/homehealthgirl will be able to tell you more about the american version, but I would think one would be fine with your exercise provision. Could you fill out the breed questionnaire in the sidebar so the sub has more information to go on?
So just as a blanket statement, spaniels are working dogs. Just because a cocker is smaller, that doesn't necessarily mean they need less exercise. Both cookers and springers need plenty of exercise. Cockers need a lot of socialization when they're young to continue being nice around other dogs, Springers need to be physically exhausted or they will find trouble.
I would say a cocker would be okay with the activity level you can give, a springer would need twice that and consistent training.
They both need grooming, but cockers will need grooming more often than the Springer.
They are both very eager to please breeds naturally and easily trainable with positive reinforcement training. Both CAN live in an apartment with adequate exercise, but your complex will be more accepting of a cocker spaniel over a springer.
In my limited experience, they're great! Mine didn't take too much training to not stop and sniff things constantly, and now she runs very nicely alongside me. Plus watching her ears flop is pretty amusing :)
English Cocker Spaniels are happy, easy going animals that make excellent companions for families of all shapes and sizes. Their personalities are more consistent than those of their American Cocker cousins, as puppy mills aren't as attracted to the larger English Cocker Spaniel. They are polite to strangers, tolerant with children and easy to train, making them an excellent choice for first time dog owners and families with kids. They love the company of people, and will be thrilled to accompany family members anywhere they go.
The English Cocker is described as merry and affectionate with an equable disposition. He's playful, trainable, and friendly toward people (although sometimes reserved with strangers) and other dogs. English Cockers will bark to let you know someone's approaching, so they're good watchdogs, but as typical spaniels they'll happily show the burglar where the silver is.
Like every dog, English Cocker Spaniels need early socialization — exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences — when they're young. Socialization helps ensure that your English Cocker puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.
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