Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted August 21, 2015
This review is based on my family's now deceased Cocker Spaniel, Casper. We first got Casper when my sister and I were 6 years old. I don't remember him much as a puppy or young dog, but I do remember that we was always ready to play, excitable, friendly and well mannered. My parents were responsible for the majority of his training and he learned command such as sit, stay, high five, shake, lie down etc. We never pursued any hardcore training with him as he was only ever intended to be a family dog, and he was polite enough after learning those few skills. He was, essentially, the perfect dog for our family, apart from not being the greatest guard dog as he was so friendly that he would've just licked and wagged his tail at any intruders. Unfortunately, towards the end of his life, he developed seizures and arthritis which made it very painful for him to walk, and eventually he lost a lost of control in his back legs. This is quite a common problem for many dogs, not just Cocker Spaniels, and I would not let it deter anyone who might be interested in Spaniels. Aside from eating the occasional wheel of cheese or box of roses chocolates (which he did on two separate occassions), I really cannot fault my experience owning a Cocker Spaniel. He was the most beautiful dog I have ever met and I miss him to this day, 5 years later. I would recommend a Cocker Spaniel to anyone with a medium-large sized backyard. They are a fantastic breed and you will have a friend for life.