Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Books
Posted July 16, 2013
I owned a Cocker Spaniel for several years, her name was Hannah. She was a puppy when I got her, she was the runt of the litter. She never grew to full size but she was a very good dog while I had her.
I'm not sure if this is common among Cocker Spaniels but Hannah had a growth in her throat from the time she was born that did not allow her to drink water normally. Whenever her neck was bent her throat would close up and if you did not get her to get her head up in time she would pass out momentarily. Finally we got her a rabbit bottle and that worked perfectly because she was able to keep her neck open as she drank. She learned to eat a few bites of food and then raise her head to swallow it.
Other than the growth she was a healthy puppy, and she lived for about 6 years, finally the growth got too big and she was unable to eat anymore.
Hannah was a good dog, usually bright eyed and happy, always eager to play.
I would not recommend a Cocker Spaniel for younger children because they can be easily aggravated and get a little bit of a temper. I also would not recommend them for house pets because they shed heavily.