Mention a Cocker spaniel and an image immediately leaps to mind of a small spaniel with a long, lustrous coat, soulful eyes and long floppy ears. Believe it or not, outside of the United States this is not necessarily the image that "Cocker spaniel" inspires! That is because there are actually two different breeds with the name Cocker spaniel; one in England and one in the United States. In this article, we'll take a look at how the breed ended up split in two and what the major differences are between American and English Cocker spaniels. [...]
Cocker spaniels come in a wide variety of coat colors and markings. While all the colors and markings can help create a Cocker spaniel with a beautiful look, not all the possible combinations are accepted in competition. In this article, we'll take a look at all the colors and markings accepted by the AKC in competition and how you can ensure that you choose a puppy that will be within these guidelines. [...]
Cocker spaniels enjoy a very long history and have always been exceptional hunting dogs. While this might not mesh with many people's idea of a Cocker spaniel, with their flowing long coat and soulful eyes, the truth is that they have been beloved for their hunting skills for centuries. In this article, we'll take a look at the Cocker spaniel's history as a hunting dog and whether it can still be found hunting today.
The Cocker spaniel with its very long coat and perfect posture is only a recent phenomenon when compared to its very long history. [...]
The Cocker spaniel is well known for its beautiful, long coat which can make quite an impression in the competition ring. But those that are interested in adopting a Cocker spaniel should be forewarned - the Cocker spaniel's coat takes quite a lot of care, time and commitment, whether you're going to show your Cocker spaniel in the ring or not. They need frequent, even daily grooming, regular baths and regular trims. In this article, we'll take a look at what grooming is required for maintaining the beautiful coat of the Cocker spaniel. [...]
Cocker spaniels are wonderful family pets that are devoted to their families and make fantastic playmates. However, these energetic dogs may not be the best choice for families with small children or that plan to start a family in the future. While some experts claim that Cockers are sensitive to the needs of smaller children and are perfectly suitable, others say that children under the age of six may play too rough or even the dog may play too rough with them. In this article, we'll take a look at the pros and cons of Cocker spaniels and small children. [...]
If you're looking for a great way to exercise and spend time with your Cocker spaniel, there are several different competitions offered through various associations around the country that focus on ability instead of good looks. Cocker spaniels certainly have plenty of both, and while they may be better known for making dramatic entrances at conformation shows, they also excel in agility and obedience competitions. In this article, we'll take a look at both agility and obedience competitions and why the Cocker spaniel is a good competitor in both. [...]
More than many other breeds, Cocker Spaniels tend to attach themselves to someone in the home and become very anxious when they leave. Many breeders recommend that Cocker Spaniels aren't a good choice for those households that are empty for the majority of the day, but even in those cases where a member of the family works from home, a Cocker could become abnormally upset during an absence - after all, even those working from home must leave the house from time to time! It is important to note that not every Cocker Spaniel will have this problem, but if your Cocker becomes unnaturally upset when left alone and exhibits destructive behavior, he might be suffering from Separation Anxiety. [...]
Despite their image as house pets with beautifully long coats, Cocker spaniels enjoy a long history as a capable hunting dog, and they still retain their hunting instincts. All spaniels are natural flushing dogs; their purpose is to find birds, flush them from marshes or bushes and retrieve them, all in an efficient manner. If you enjoy bird hunting, don't rule out Cocker Spaniels as a formidable hunting partner. If you have a Cocker spaniel and you want to get involved in hunting, hunt tests are not only an excellent way to train, but they are also a great way to meet other hunters and to test your Cocker against a field standard. [...]
Cocker spaniels are well known for their long, pendulous ears covered with hair. While they are a very attractive feature of the dog, they require a lot of care to prevent problems such as ear infections. Ear infections can be quite painful, and without treatment can permanently damage the ears. In this article, we'll take a look at how you can help prevent ear infections and what treatment is available to cure them.
The major cause of ear infections in Cocker spaniels is not enough air circulation around the ear canal, which can make them extremely moist and much easier for an infection to start. You can check for signs of an ear infection by lifting up the ear and checking for red skin, a "cheesy" odor or any sign of discharge. [...]
Cocker spaniels are energetic and devoted dogs that are excellent family pets. Thanks to their long history as hunting dogs, they have retained their hunting instincts and are still considered to be excellent hunting companions today. They also excel in agility and obedience competitions, which are a great way to spend time and exercise with your Cocker. While there is some concern that Cockers may not be appropriate for families with very young children, others say that with supervision and good training, many of the problems of Cockers with small children can be avoided. [...]
Within the American Kennel Club, often shortened to the simpler AKC, the hunting dogs are all found within the sporting group, although some breeders may use both terms, hunting and sporting, when describing their breed. As a group these dogs are alert, active and energetic, but typically not hyperactive or overly rambunctious if properly trained and exercised. Although all used in hunting types of activities, there are different divisions within the group. In general these dogs are either used to retrieve or identify game birds, however there are also some dogs in the group that are excellent scenting and tracking dogs. Some dogs are also considered dual purpose, typically meaning they will either identify game by pointing or setting, plus they also retrieve. [...]
The American Cocker Spaniel, typically known in North America as the Cocker Spaniel, is one of the most popular pet types within the sporting dog group. This smaller sized spaniel with its dark, soulful eyes and beautiful coat has been a long time favorite in shows as well as in the field. Unlike many of the hunting types of dogs both the field lines, those trained and bred to hunt, as well as the show lines make outstanding companion pets. Both are typically very non-dog aggressive, however this does vary depending on the early socialization and ongoing training and socialization provided to the dog by the owner. [...]