Acquired: Pet store
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted September 9, 2015
I've had my current Cocker Spaniel since he was about 8-9 weeks old and he's 7 years old today. He was such a sweet puppy, fairly easy to train in all aspects of dog ownership. His breed is known for their high maintenance in personality as well as grooming. I would agree with the grooming part, but if you're patient and believe in positive reinforcement training, this breed is the perfect one for you.
They are natural cuddlers and do hate when you leave them alone for long periods. Also, they can be chewers, but that can be treated easily if they have enough toys of their own to occupy them. Now, the grooming can be crazy at times and be prepared for ear infections to happen because of their heavy ears, but that can be prevented if you let the ears dry out after they get wet. Also, their heavy coats can be a pain if you hate dog hair, but their fine hairs are less noticeable than those of a dog like a Labrador retriever. All in all, this breed gets my vote at 4.5 stars out of 5. I certainly wouldn't trade my sweetie for anything.