Why not another golden? Or a lab something similiar in what a golden is breed for water, high xercise, things your dog likes to do. Just remember to research all the breeds you are intersted in. Good luck
Aggressive? That's funny, everyone that I know who had a cocker, their pets were very sweet & gentle. I owned a cocker back in the 80's that was a real sweetheart, very loyal. I got my from a person who bred their cockers occasionally, not a professional breeder at all.
I used to groom dogs and I've seen some terribly neglected cockers. Most of them were very sweet dogs. A few were just crazy, but just a few. Remember "Lady and the Tramp?" That movie did cockers no favors. Since they are small, sweet-tempered dogs, they really suffered from overbreeding.
By the way, I just remembered that for a short time my mother's golden, Peter, had a best friend who was a miniature poodle. The poodle escaped from our yard and was killed less than a year after we got him, but they were just best buddies.
My parents breed cockers when I was little..They were all very sweet and loyal, but they did have a habit of pick one person, and sticking to them like glue. They seemed to bonded better with people then with other dogs.
amen! GOod post becky and others. I was starting to notice alot of anti-cockerness as well. I had a cocker/corgi mix growing up (also named Lady) who was the sweetest most loving animal i've ever owned. I also had a very aggressive cocker/poodle mix. I dont blame it on the cocker in him, rather he was adopted, had a horrible life before we had him and had some serious issues.
Just as all pits aren't vicious and all poodles aren't prissy, all cockers aren't bad either. Pope is right that it spreads a vicious cycle of prejudicie against a breed. I mean ANY breed that is poorly and overly bred will have problems--obviously it a good idea to tell a poster to be careful in selecting a breeder and all that, but lets try and stay away from the broad generalizations. Its not good to do with people and not good to do with doggies either =) JMO
***Edited By: megbrink on 7/17/2005 12:37:51 PM*** Reason: typo
just my observation...and frankly my opinion means less then nothing since i dont own cockers...but...here goes... many have childhood memories of wonderful cockers...sure...that was before poor breeding damaged the breed on a whole...many cocker breeders are trying to rectify this with good breeding and watching health issues very closely...i own several shepherds...mainly american lines..and they have been damaged by the same breeding practices...i am well aware of it but dont take offence when someone tells of rin tin tin or a trusty shepherd they had 30 years ago...the breed has changed over time..and not all is potitive changes...so..i would like to say just because some say research the breeders dont assume they are saying all cockers are crap...i dont think that is what they are trying to say...just like not all shepherds are so over angulated they look deformed...hope you see my point...im right there with ya...just i dont take it all personal...peace!
It seems lately that no matter what breed is posted about, many people will come on here telling you that is the worst breed ever. Take it with a grain of salt. You will hear the good and the bad about every breed. It's sad that people judge a breed on single incidents and not on the breed as a whole. I have even caught myself up in this because of being bit by a dachsund and when I see one I think they are biters. I know better and will no longer entertain those thoughts. If I went by what people said, I would not have the loving, totally awesome Chow mix that I have nor would I have the 2 most fun American Eskimos in the world! I have seen people put down both of these breeds as bad dogs to own. I'm glad I took the chance to see what wonderful dogs they truly are!