Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
Posted November 13, 2013
The Cocker Spaniel was the second breed of dog I owned. Although I loved the dog and kept him until the bitter end, he was a nuisance. Never have I experienced a louder pet. He would bark and howl all the time, especially at the sound of police or ambulance sirens. Living in an apartment in a major city, this was unacceptable.
We sent him to live with my grandparents where he had a much better life; more room to run and play. Around age five we started noticing growths on his paws and took him straight to the vet. Over time these spread and we could tell he was in pain. We eventually decided that putting him down was the only humane thing we could do.
My experience with the Cocker Spaniel left a lot to be desired, although I am sure not all dogs of this breed are quite as much of a headache. Still, I would not bring another Cocker Spaniel into my life. Too bad of a first experience.