Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Texas, United States
Posted April 1, 2013
Cocker Spaniels are a popular breed of dog, but I'll admit that I'm not too keen on them. Don't get me wrong, I think they would make nice pets but they just aren't my favorite breed of dog. I've worked with several cocker spaniels at a vet hospital and have had friends who have kept them as pets as well.
They seem like perfect dogs for adults. They don't seem to friendly with strangers from my experience and I have met quite a few who would have loved to bite me. Of course, I can't blame them too much for that. I believe all dogs are intelligent but I don't think of this breed to be one of the most intelligent breeds out there.
They have very thick coats and long fur making them high maintenance in the grooming department. I have seen too many cocker spaniels whose owners did not keep up with their grooming suffer from horrible matted coats. Fur matting is actually pretty painful for the dog, so be sure you are willing to take care of your cocker spaniel's coat with regular grooming.
As far as health goes, they don't seem to be a very healthy breed in general. Many suffer from skin problems, allergies, ear infections, eye problems, and heart conditions. Many also have poor dental health and accumulate tartar more quickly than other breeds of dogs.