Cocker Spaniel

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)

Gender: Female

Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


One of my favourite breeds


Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Posted June 30, 2016

My 12 year old working cocker spaniel came to live with me 2 years ago, and as she was already quite old, she has been extremely easy to care for. When they're young, spaniels are absolutely crazy and need loads of exercise - this has slowed down drastically for my cocker, and she's happy with one good walk a day, although when she's with her children and grandchildren (she used to belong to a friend of mine who is a breeder), she can keep up with all of them just fine. She was trained as a working dog, so she's very well behaved, although now that her hearing and eyesight are starting to decline, I'm beginning to have a few problems with recall.
In terms of grooming, she's very low maintenance, just needs a quick brush every now and then. When it comes to food, I switched her over to a raw diet last year, and it has made such a difference in her energy levels. She also gets a few joint supplements, but that would apply to any senior dog breed. Cocker spaniels are such an amazing family dog - this is definitely a breed that I would own again in the future.

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