COCKER SPANIEL DOG BREED
The Cocker Spaniel is a beautiful and intelligent dog that can be a wonderful pet. The only limitation may be the presence of small children, as dogs of this breed require careful handling. Therefore, Cocker Spaniels require early socialization that helps them interact with people since they can be particularly shy and even aggressive.
Height: 13.5-15.5 inches Weight: 20-30 pounds Lifespan: 10-14 years
The Cocker Spaniel is very loyal. Since this breed is very playful and active, it is not recommended for passive and inexperienced people. Cocker Spaniels are domestic dogs and should not be left outdoors for a long period of time. With proper care, the Cocker Spaniel will definitely bring a lot of joy in your life. The Comparable Breed: Brittany and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Cocker Spaniels are very kind dogs which are usually great with older children and other family pets, provided that they grew up together. This is an extremely funny dog that loves to play, though sometimes can bark excessively. If you do not pay enough attention to your pet, and if you do not conduct prompt and adequate socialization, the Cocker Spaniel can become very mischievous.
Coat / Care:
Cocker Spaniel has a very beautiful long, silky coat that can be straight or slightly wavy. Coloration is white, pure black or light cream. The Cocker Spaniel requires daily brushing and combing; and in order to maintain the desired length of hair strands, this breed will need professional grooming. The dog’s eyes and ears also require daily care in order to prevent possible irritation or infection.
The Cocker Spaniel is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Eye problems, Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), Hypothyroidism, Primary seborrhea, Allergies, Idiopathic epilepsy, Canine hip dysplasia and Patellar Luxation. The Cocker Spaniel has a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.
Weight / Height
The male Cocker Spaniel dog breed’s height is around 14.5 – 15.5 inches and weighs around 25 and 30 pounds. Female Cocker Spaniel dogs can reach a size from 13.5 – 14.5 inches and weighs between 20 and 25 pounds.
Cocker Spaniels may find it difficult to get accustomed to house rules concerning cleanliness, but in general, these dogs show great potential and are relatively easy to train. Since this playful breed was originally bred solely for the purpose of hunting, the Cocker Spaniel must undergo general obedience training in order to learn the basics of obedience.
The ideal environment for the proper growth of Cocker Spaniels is a house with a small yard. Nevertheless, if you devote enough time to your pet, the Cocker Spaniel will bear apartment living. Since the energy level of this dog is quite high, he needs a significant amount of mental and physical work. Therefore, if you do not own a yard, it is absolutely necessary to take the dog for a walk, at least 3 times per day. This will help your pet stay healthy and cheerful.
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