Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Philadelphia, Tennessee, United States
Posted July 19, 2013
The first dog I ever owned was a Cocker Spaniel. I had always heard fairly good things about this breed. “Sparky” was pleasant enough as a puppy, but as he got older he became more aggressive. He would often snap at those who tried to pet him. For that reason, I didn’t really think it was a great dog for children.
My Cocker Spaniel didn’t really like to play and refused to learn tricks. He was mostly lazy. Sparky probably would have benefited from obedience school, but back then you didn’t hear all that much about training programs.
Eventually, Sparky became so cranky that he wouldn’t let anyone touch him without biting him or her. If you can’t pet or play with your dog, I suppose there’s not much point in getting one! However, I must point out that this was only my own personal experience with Cocker Spaniels. I have talked with other Cocker Spaniel owners that thought they were pretty good companions so it may have just been my particular dog’s personality.