Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted July 20, 2015
Having a Cocker is definitely one of the most amazing experiences in my life.
That being said, it has been a complicated experience.
When I first brought my buddy home, I had no idea what I had gotten myself into...and as the majority of the people I didn't really research about the breed beforehand. Big mistake, but one of the best mistakes I've ever made.
Being a Cocker Spaniel, you better exercise him enough or you might find some huge mess when you get back home! Cockers can be VERY mischievous and mine was no exception.
Despite being gentle, playful and very patient towards children and even strangers, he makes as a good guard dog. Barking could be a problem, since he barks REALLY loud for such a small fella and if he feels like barking at 4 am, he'll bark at 4 am.
Grooming is not that big of a deal despite being very hairy, as long as you don't forget to brush him every once in a while, otherwise the fur will most likely tangle.
Cockers are amazing, but not for everyone. I wouldn't recommend a Cocker for people who live on a very small house or apartment and to people who are single and work a lot outside home as they need a big amount of attention and care, or to people who want a quiet, relaxed dog.