I was reading some info on a cocker spaniel site when I came across some article on rage. They say that it happens alot to the red and orange colored cockers. According to this article they have these fits of rage and their eyes roll back into their head. It said they have no idea what they are doing. I guess once they have them it will continue and most of the time people have to put their pup to sleep.
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I think its silly they target a certain color for issues, like in poodles the red ones are "crazy". If someone knows more about this breed and knows it happens only or more often with red ones in Cockers, then correct me, but as far as I know its not color related. I have heard of this, as my mom's friend, from years upon years ago, raised Cockers, and hers had this problem too. Does anyone know if this is because of their lineage or just how they are? I think their sort of silly like Springers with their random fears of hats or mustaches.
My parents bred cocker spaniels, and we never had that problem. From the article that dusty posted, it looks like the ones that were produced for a look, and not the over temperment are the one with the rage problem.
Usually when I hear about rage syndrome, it's connected to springer spaniels. Interesting about the color, though. A brittany breeder told me that there tends to be more temperment problems with liver and white brittanys than with orange and white. Not sure if it's true...
In some breeds color does affect certain things due to recessive vs dominant genes. This holds true with temperament to disease/illness and other things. Certain recessive colors are more likely to fall prey to "situations" vs the dominant gene colors.
The term 'rage syndrome' is thrown around in the Boston world as well. Personally,I have heard a few things about it in Cocker Spaniels, but never seen it. I owned an English Springer Spaniel for 16 years, and she was the sweetest dog I have ever seen. I wonder if it has anything to do with bad breeding practices.I know my Bostons think they're big dogs, and I almost lost a stud once when I was out walking him, and another large breed came out of a yard and attacked him. My boy went into a rage foaming at the mouth etc. and I had a very hard time to control him, even after the owner of the big dog managed to grab his dog. I always find intact males can be pretty nasty sometimes, and females in heat also. I don't think it's breed specific though myself.
People always ask me about "rage syndrome" in springers. I think its a load of BS. There's no such thing. A dog is either aggressive or it is not. Just because a paticular dog of a paticular breed is aggressive doesnt mean the breed is prone to it. ANY dog can be aggressive. Any dog can have a screw loose. I've witnessed it, and its no disease.
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