I have the opportunity to adopt an 18 month old male cocker spaniel and I just wanted more info on the breed. I have always loved them and am really excited that this opportunity has come up.
I found this dog on craigslist and the family lives 10 mins away from me. They are a working couple that is rehoming him due to the fact that they're not home all day. I already have another dog - English Bully and 2 children, ages 3.5 and 8. I can also take my dogs to work with me as well.
From what I know about the dog so far is that he's 18 months, unneutered (yikes) and needs a good grooming. He sounds like he hasn't seen a vet recently either. Poor guy.
I just wanted to hear from Cocker owners about the good, bad and ugly of the breed.
if it has tires or testicles, you're going to have trouble with it.......
I can tell you that i had a cocker spaniel, Sneakers, for shy of 12 years. She is the best dog I have ever had, before or since. She was loving, sweet and good with kids and people. However, when it came to other dogs, she was jealous. But she was an only child, so if we were at the groomer, vet or dog park, she was jealous of the other animals, but, only if i were there. once i would leave her at the groomers and played and loved the other dogs.
Medically, i can tell you bc of the floppy ears they are pron to ear infections, so you would need to clean his ears 2-3x a week bc no air gets into the ears. also, cocker are pron to hot spots (open sores)
But with all that, she was such a great dog. she touched my soul in so many ways. i miss her everyday. She is gone now, just made 5 years and it is like yesterday the pain is so raw. they are so loving.
A dog is the only animal that can love you more than it loves itself.
I love cocker spaniels. I owned 2, both rescues. They were female and male, and very different behavior and medical aspects. The female we got first was the best dog I ever owned. She was incredibly gentle and playful. However, she developed cancer at age 10 and that's when we lost her. Then we rescued a male who had many problems to begin with. He was abused from his previous owner so his behavior was pretty bad, not good around kids at all, and he eventually developed severe eye and ear infections that were uncontrollable. We did everything we possibly could to save his life, day and night, vet bill after vet bill. But it just got too bad. There are good and bad sides to owning one, I wish they weren't so prone to the many health problems!
They are all around excellent, fun loving dogs. You should try to collect additional information on his background. Was he ever abused? What is his temperament like? Because you have young children, you don't want to make a mistake.
My tip: When you bathe a cocker spaniel, always remember to dry their ears completely (inside) or they will start to get infections fast. Same with swimming. (A small piece of cotton baton inside the ear while in water will keep it from getting wet).
Hope you have fun with your new baby, if you decide to get him.
Ask a question and you're a fool for three minutes; do not ask a question and you're a fool for the rest of your life.
cockers are not recommended for small children. many shelters, rescues, & RB's will not adopt into homes with kids under 10 or 12.
you say the dog needs groomed! probabal translation - is in horrible condition & bites groomer. ears are not taken care of so are very sore. if you were trying to get your dog a new home wouldn't you want it to make a good impression? & have it groomed?
they are prone to cherry eye, seizures, luxating patellas, glaucoma & cataracts.
what do you want to bet the dog is kept outside & not HB either.
remember, people lie a lot when dumping a pet
over due on vet care too? that would be 6 months over due if he's 18 mos now. you are going to have a TON of money into this dog immediately - I say don't do it.
if you really want a cocker - go to a rescue where you pretty much know what you are getting & all the vet work is included
I have a 1 y/o cocker right now and I have to be honest she is a spoiled rotten brat but I wouldn't have it any other way. We got her at 10 weeks old from a back yard breeder. She had fleas really bad and her ears were infected. She had really bad tapeworm aswell. I knew I had to rescue this little girl from this lady when I was at this ladies house and she bit my toes. As soon as I got her we got rid of the fleas and tapeworm and then got her ears taken care of. She is now the prettiest little thing you ever did see. She does very well with our cat. She also loves hanging out with our lab. She was really easy to house train. You do need to watch their ears because they can become infected really easily. If you have the time to spend with this little guy then I say go for it. She brings alot of love and laughter to our lives.
A well bred cocker is a great family dog, and excellent with children. Many cocker rescues will place a cocker of good temperament with children. To brand them as bad with children is as helpful as to say pitbulls kill thanks.
Lot of it depends on that individual dog. Its genetics plus its socialization, and how dog savvy you are. I have a great little girl from a crappy background who loves everyone, and a show prospect on his way in a week. I love the breed.
~I'm changing my naughty ways to naughtier ones..~
Houdini's Apple Cider RNCL Stanton Acres Out Of The Ashes
as a breeder who works with another breed other then cocker spaniels I can tell you this, a well bred cocker should be a nice pet for you. Good breeding is good breeding. If there is any person I have run into around this forum who is absolute proof of that, it's the user Patchopits with her pitt bulls. I would neuter the dog for sure, I would also ensure the temperament is what you want, but if it's right for you and your family, go for it.
We had 2 Cocker Spaniels and they were great!!! We had a red and black, both girls. They were the best!!! But on the other side my BIL had 2 that he had to have PTS because of severe aggression. I guess they are like all others, alot of people with good experiences and some with bad. Good Luck!!
"Life is mostly froth and bubble; one thing stands like stone. Kindness in anothers trouble, courage in your own"
I grew up with cocker spaniels. They were English Cockers though, a little different. But, Molly was a wonderful dog. She grew up with us kids and was very sweet and gentle and loving. We got her when I was a kid so I have no idea on her breeding.. or even where my parents got her actually. But we never had any problems.
She was REALLY attached to my mother and would pout and cry the whole time my mom was gone. Toward the end, my mother actually chose to have her put to sleep (when she was really old) because the dog would get so upset when my mother was gone, and she had gotten so frail, that my mom thought just her being gone might cause enough stress to kill the dog at that age. So, they grow REALLY attached to people. But otherwise, Molly was great with kids as she grew up with us and we had wonderful times with her.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
My parents bred cocker spaniels, and they started when I was very young. They didn't show aggression at all, even with two 5 year old's petting their newborns. The only problem was my oldest brother's girl wouldn't leave him for any thing, this inculed nursing pups, or to go out to the bathroom. Ours tended to pick one person that was their's, and stay with them at all times.