Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted April 7, 2013
I don't have a lot of good things to say about this breed of dogs from personal experience. I know several people have had great experiences with them, however, they are usually older people without smaller children. My experience has been that these dogs can be aggressive with small children. One particular Cocker Spaniel we had pierced my ear when I bent down to pet him (I was 10 years old). I understand that the way I approached him may have seemed threatening, but little children will not always realize how they appear to the dog. If you have little children, I think it is much better to get a dog that will be more patient with the children in every situation.
These dogs can be great if you are older and need a companion. They do not need the excessive exercise that the larger breeds require. They can thrive when they are primary companions. Grooming can be a hassle, but the positive side is that they do not shed so they are great for anyone with allergies.