hi everyon im new here i have been reading the post for a couple months now and decided to sign up. i hav been saving my allowance to buy a cocker spaniel pup, preferably i would like a buff and white cocker female but it really doesnt matter (akc doesnt doesnt matter) and i would like to kno the pros and cons of the breed. thanks.=)
You must have a breeder that knows their temperments. Most cockers are fantastic little dogs, but because of their 15 years as the most popular dog in the US there is a lot of issues with temperment in the 'pet' bred lines.
They can be prone to eye problems, skin problems, and massive ear infections. Alergies are not uncommon, again, you need to find a serious breeder of the breed and work from there.
They require regular grooming, even if you don't keep them trimed to 'show' they will still need to be brushed regularly and maintained.
I have experenced them in the past and my observation is they are not the great kids dog as they have been billed as...maybe once upon a time...but I have seen some nippy cockers...also they shed big time...worse then my shepherd...it just blows single hairs all over the place...and it just skates across the floor...do your research...and see what you like after the pros and cons...good luck...and welcome to TP
Hello and welcome to the forum! I have had a couple of Cockers in rescue and both of them were very excitable to the point of urinating every where and I also found them to not be that tolerable of my kids. They are beautiful dogs though and Im sure if you bought one from a reputable breeder and the dog got appropriate Ob training that it would turn out to be a wonderful pet. Best of luck to you.
Welcome aboard Cockerpup. Glad you joined us here. There are people on Terrific Pets that own (or have owned) just about any breed or mixed breed dog that you can think of. They are a wealth of knowledge and you will learn so much here. Just ask.
Cockers are the cutest dogs, aren't they? I've never had one of my own, so I can't speak from experience, but I think the biggest problems might be the skin condition. Itching, maybe caused by either dry skin or allergies to food or the environment. Plus the grooming issues, as their hair is constantly growing.
My vet had a parti Cocker for years. She was Black, brown and white. Very beautiful dog.
I agree, check into rescues and check out http://www.petfinder.com There are 1000's of Cocker Spaniels looking for loving homes, and if you get them from a rescue, the shots and altering are already dong. Plus you have the benefit of someone (probably) having had that dog in their own home for an evaluation period. That person can tell you all the pro's and con's of that particular dog, itself.
We have a Toy Spaniel. He is a Japanese Chin named Tyke. Here is his picture on dogster.com
Most of the cockers I've known have been really sweet, but they are very prone to skin/ear/eye problems. If you get one, start cleaning its ears regularly with an ear cleaning solution. (there's one you can get at the vets called Oticalm) It just helps prevent the bacteria and yeast buildup that causes infections. Cocker's ear hang low and so stay moist most of the time which yeast and bacteria love. The ear cleaning solution will help balance the pH of the ears. I've heard that they can be nippy and not good with children, but have never experienced that myself. My advice would be to make sure you get one from a reputable breeder.
just wanted to say welcome. My nephew owned a cocker and she was a smart loving dog but did not like kids. My sister has one of her pups and he is good with kids. He also has to be fed certain foods cause he has allergies. He also gets excited and pees everywhere, but so does my dog and hes a mutt. Both dogs had ear infections and eye drainage and need to be trimmed/shaved every so many months. If you have the money for that than I would say go for it.