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Name: Nicola
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Im Nicola, I usually exist in SAHM. I am 17 have twin daughters aged 18 months.

Im moving to a 5 bed home in march with my fiance and we are looking to get a dog. Just wondered what people thought of cocker spaniels. We want one of this sort of size really, and we may possibly get two. Are they good dogs generally? we're either getting them from battersea dogs home or from a breeder, we're undecided at the moment.
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Name: kellinsmom | Date: Feb 20th, 2007 2:25 PM
Hi!
Sounds like you have your hands full already! I defintely would't get 2 dogs! Why add to your responsibilities.
Here is some helpful info on Cockers!!
If you don't want to deal with...

An extremely careful search to avoid all the nasty, neurotic Cocker Spaniels
"Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
Frequent brushing, combing, and clipping
Lots of shedding
A distinctive odor from the skin and ears
Barking
A multitude of serious health problems
Excitable or submissive urination (tendency to dribble urine when excited or nervous)
An Cocker Spaniel may not be right for you.

If I were considering an Cocker Spaniel...


My major concerns would be:


Unstable temperaments. Cocker Spaniels are a dime a dozen, and most of them are bred and offered for sale by people who don't have the slightest idea of how to breed good-tempered dogs. Obedience instructors and behavioral consultants see LOTS of Cocker Spaniels with neurotic behaviors, including aggression, biting, moodiness, and general nastiness.

Teaching your Cocker how to get along with the world is essential.

Defensive reactions. I don't know why so many Cocker Spaniels growl or snap when you correct them. They seem to have a heightened sense of "Hey, no fair!" As an obedience instructor, I'm extra careful when putting my hands on a Cocker Spaniel for a correction.

If you have small children, I do not recommend an Cocker Spaniel. There are just too many Cockers who won't tolerate any nonsense. And there are too many Cockers who feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children can't help making -- and stress and shyness (even defensive biting) may be the result.


Separation anxiety. More than most other breeds, Cocker Spaniels need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing and barking. If you work all day, this is not the breed for you.

Grooming, shedding, and doggy odor. To keep their silky coat free of mats, Cocker Spaniels require regular brushing, and also clipping and trimming every couple of months. Cocker Spaniels also shed a great deal. Their hairs come off on your hands when you pet them, stick to your upholstery and clothing, and hide under the furniture. Finally, many Cocker Spaniels have a distinctive doggy odor that some people find offensive.

Barking. Cocker Spaniels are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them.

To teach your Cocker to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory.

Serious health problems. From hip problems to eye problems to skin problems, Cocker Spaniels are one of the riskiest of all breeds in the health department.

Not all Cockers are alike!

There are energetic Cockers, and placid Cockers.
Hard-headed Cockers, and sweet-natured Cockers.
Serious Cockers, and good-natured goofballs.
Introverted Cockers, and Cockers who love everyone.

If you acquire an Cocker Spaniel puppy, you can't know for sure what he or she will grow up to be like. Because a good number of purebred puppies do NOT grow up to conform to the "norm."


If you're considering an adult Cocker Spaniel...


There are plenty of adult Cocker Spaniels who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics. If you find such an adult, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you.

When you acquire a puppy, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important. But when you acquire an adult, you're acquiring what he already IS. 

Name: momof3 | Date: Feb 20th, 2007 3:22 PM
Hey sweetie, having the girls I wouln't get a cocker spaniel. They tend to be hyper. There are websites out there on the interent that have quizes that tell you what breed of dog would be right for your family.
If you don't care about having a purebreed, I am would go to a shelter. There are so many dogs out there that need homes. Both my fur babies came from shelters. 

Name: Nicola | Date: Feb 20th, 2007 3:28 PM
aaah okay I get that..."fur babies" I call my rabbit Stuart my "fur baby" He is the sweetest thing in the world im going to miss him when we move as Im leaving him with my sister as it will break her heart to take him away.
What type of dog would you reccomend then people....there arent many labs in homes these days but my friend breeds retrievers and she said we could always have one that didnt sell for half price, but I would prefer a smaller dog, 

Name: momof3 | Date: Feb 20th, 2007 3:35 PM
Labs are good with kids but they can be hyper. I think that if you go to www.dogbreedinfo.com they have a quiz about your lifstyle that you can take. 

Name: lindalu | Date: Feb 20th, 2007 7:54 PM
Nicola please resurch the dog before you purchase one? Many people see a paticular breed dog that they love the looks of, or some one they know has a breed they think is great but it doesnt mean it is write for them.

Each of us have diffrent life situations, some have young children some have none at all! You want to make sure that the one you choose will fit your life situations.

I have a Doberman who is wonderfull for me and my family my daughter is 21 but my sister has a young daughter that a Doberman would not do well with due to the fact that Dobermans can be to rough!

Again... please look in to the diffrent dog breeds that are available? learn about them befor you get one! It may save you a lot of grief in the future! 

Name: cocker spaniels | Date: Jul 2nd, 2007 6:00 PM
cocker spaniels are very cute and sweet. but i have a cocker spaniel who is a little over a year and she is the very hyper and hardheaded. she has a little peeing problem and is kinda shy with people but she has her good side. she is very smart and loveable and loves to play. they love to wag their tails and some can be very good guard dogs. they are very easy to potty train and are very sweet. the females like mine can be a little sassy but all in al they are wonderful dogs and it is like rasing a little kid but they also remind me of a teddy bear because they can be so sweet and loving and are good with kids. but all dogs have different personalities and so you would have to go and find the one with the attitude you are looking for! good luck with finding one! 


Name: briseis | Date: Jul 3rd, 2007 9:58 AM
Depends on how you raise the dog, not neccessarily the breed ... 

Name: Teenie | Date: Mar 12th, 2008 1:41 PM
hi

I just got a cockerpoo last year when my dog passed away, riley, I love him but they are a pain when they are puppies. 

Name: Debbie | Date: Jun 28th, 2012 4:02 AM
My American cocker is five years old and it is hard to train not too defecate in the house what should I do 

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