English Cocker Spaniel Personality traits and Temperament
They are very affectionate and devoted dogs with a cheerful disposition. They are very active dogs and a very superior companion dogs. They are well adapted to an apartment lifestyle, though they need to be exercised daily. They are very good swimmers and love to spend time in the water. They relish nothing better than a dip in the backyard pool.
They are excellent dogs for households with kids. They adore kids and love playing with them. Adult supervision is needed if kids are below 6 years old. They also do very well other pets in the house. They are very cordial to cats if socialised at an early age.
They are prone to chase birds and game when outside, so it is always safe to keep them on a leash when they are taken outside. They are very alert dogs and will inform the presence of strangers immediately. But they can be prone to make friends with these strangers very easily. Even with this set back they can be good watchdogs as any stranger never goes unannounced.
Because English Cockers are very people-oriented, they thrive on being around their families and can become destructive if left alone frequently with no companionship or activity.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
They have medium length coats with feathering at legs and belly region. Their coat needs daily brushing as it can get tangled easily. They can be bathed monthly using a mild shampoo. Coat can be trimmed to maintain the looks especially at the face and ears. Stripping can be done every 6 months. They are moderate shedders and daily brushing will help to get rid of loose hairs.
Because of the peculiar droopy shape of the ears, cockers are prone to ear infections, therefore ears must be checked regularly especially if they are seen shaking their heads or scratching the ears often. Other basic grooming practices like trimming of nails and brushing of teeth has to be done regularly.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $1000 -$1400
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12-15 YEARS
Weight: 26-34 pounds
Height: 15-17 inches
Colors: Solid black, liver, red, black and tan, liver and tan, ticked, roan
How to Train this dog
They are very good learners and will obey the owners commands eagerly. Positive reinforcement techniques such as food rewards and praise work very well. He’s a fast learner, and if you make training consistent and fun the results are very rewarding. Sometimes they can be stubborn and playful, owners should take care not to be harsh or critical as these dogs can be very sensitive.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: English Cockers love to eat, and they will put on the weight if proper rationing is not done. Measure the food and feed him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time.
Allergies: Can suffer from contact allergies.
Health problems: They can suffer from progressive retinal atrophy, patellar luxation, cataracts, immune mediated hemolytic anaemia, ear infections, deafness, renal failure, hypothyroidism, and dilated cardiomyopathy.
English Comfort Golden It is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the English Cocker Spaniel. They are very low shedders and are considered hypoallergenic.
English Spanador They are designer dogs mix between the Labrador Retriever and Cocker Spaniel. They are very playful and love when they have lots of toys around. They can be great with children at all ages but can be difficult at times when they are not socialized at an early age.
Spoodle It is the cross of an English Cocker Spaniel and a poodle. Spoodles s can be one solid color or can have complex markings. They can be white with patches of any color. They can also have spots or freckles of color, called ticking.
Best female and male dog names
You can name your English Cocker Spaniel as Jake or Duke if he is a male and Biscuit or Diamond if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
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Pictures and Videos
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