my cocker is very easy to train she learnt sit, lay, shake, and stay in 1 hour. as for potty training and trying to stop her from chewing on things i need all the tips i can get. so it does depend on where you get one from youy have to very picky.
When I was a kid I was a junior handler in obedience with a cocker. She was very smart, maybe too smart. She should have had perfect scores in the ring, but if the sun was on her for the long sit she would get up and go sit in the shade. She did many things that would cause a zero score. At the time I would be so mad and sad about the bad score since I worked with her every night and I knew she could get high point if she would behave. Now I look back on the things she did and have to laugh at how darn smart she really was.
i have two cockerspaniels. i dont think that the breed is hard to train at all. i dont really classify the way a dog will act by the breed i think it has to do specificlly with the dogs personality and the way you train. but they are great dogs and i wouldnt trade them for the world.
I haven't had any problems training Penny. The only time she is difficult is when our lab is around and wants to play. He distracts her from what I am trying to teach her. Other then that she is fairly easy to train.
My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.
"Nowadays, Cockers are bred in certain ways that make them quite eccentric"
Don't stereotype a breed you say you don't know all that much about. I've never met a so called eccentric cocker. Only badly bred ones with funny temperaments. A well bred cocker is an amazing all around dog for almost anything.