Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted July 16, 2015
I got my Cocker Spaniel when he was just a few months old. He didn't have training beyond getting housebroken. He still had occasional urinary accidents, however. He enjoyed being outside in the fenced-in yard running around more than he enjoyed being inside. My dog was sweet and loving, enjoying attention and playful activity. Given his gentle nature, he wasn't a guard dog. Because he liked to play and was gentle, he was good with children and enjoyed their interactions. He was a bit hard to groom because he had fast-growing curly fur that required a lot of grooming; his fur matted and tangled easily. My dog barked and howled a lot, but I'm unsure how common that is with Cocker Spaniels in general. My assessment, based on my experience with my dog, is that Cocker Spaniels can be sweet and loving - even needy. I think their high energy level makes them good for lively households and kids. They need plenty of affection and frequent interactions, and their grooming can take some effort. Health-wise, my Cocker Spaniel was robust and required little medical attention.