Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted November 12, 2015
From elementary school to my college days our family had a total of four Cocker Spaniels. Our first one was Lucky, an outside dog, who we bought as a puppy. Sadly Lucky, around the age of four, was bit by a skunk. The skunk was killed and tested positive for rabies so we had to have Lucky put down. Next we had another Cocker Spaniel starting at the age of a puppy. “Taffy” was a good dog and loved to cuddle but could also at times was a bit flighty. Sometimes she became excited with visitors and peed on the floor. Also, she, at times, snapped if teased or upset. Sadly, she developed cancer at the age of two and died shortly thereafter. After this we had two sister cocker spaniels starting from puppies. They were inseparable (Sugar and Spice) and often played together. By the time I went to college, my parents found a good family for them. Spice was very amiable, fun-loving, loved to be cuddled and rarely if ever got irritated. Sugar was more of a loner, was not so fond of being held, would pee when visitors came and was prone to snap if upset. Our four Cocker Spaniels were buff/tan in color which, in my opinion, is a beautiful color. Lucky and Spice were very easy-going and rarely if ever tried to bite. Sugar and Taffy were more flighty and unpredictable. Cocker Spaniels are, overall, good pets for a family and kids. They may be unpredictable or may not depending upon their unique personality. Thankfully, they rarely cause major issues if they bite due their size. This type of dog requires consistent brushing and hair-cuts. We didn’t keep up with the traditional cut for the breed. We had a busy family of six and it wasn’t a priority. For that reason, we usually got them a buzz-cut. They look better with a buzz cut in my opinion anyway. They’re prone to matted hair if not taken care of properly. Not surprisingly, they shed quite a bit and their hair and skin have an unpleasant odor at times. Overall, I would recommend Cocker Spaniels whether or not you have children.