Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Oklahoma, United States
Posted July 29, 2013
We had a Cocker Spaniel when I was very young. I don't have a lot of memories of her, but the ones I do have are not exceptionally positive. She came from a litter that some friends had. We named her Vanilla for her coat color, but always called her "Nilla". Nilla was very stubborn and difficult to train. She never took to potty training and as a result had frequent "accidents" in the house. She had behavioral issues and all things considered, my parents decided she would be best placed in another home.
I've never really had much of a fondness for Cockers or dogs with long coats, curly coats, and/or demanding grooming requirements. I prefer a short coat, wash-and-wear, easy-peasy. It's just a personal preference. My main suggestion with breeds like the Cocker Spaniel is to consider the grooming and maintenance and decide if the cost and hassle are suited to your lifestyle and budget.