Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted May 5, 2014
Mylo was his name, and kisses were his 'A' game - he brought it, every time. The dog that grew with me through high school and college, and into my career as a vet tech, was a blonde cocker spaniel. He was a phenomenal dog, and I rarely meet a dog like him within the breed lately. He was silly, fun, active enough for a family but also content to cuddle on the couch (and steal our popcorn when we weren't looking!) He was an outgoing people-greeter, and though he never had more than basic obedience training, was gentle and social with our cats.
Being a spaniel meant his share of issues, though. His coat was a nightmare - when it was long, he couldn't walk through the snow without gathering enormous, painful ice balls on his legs. He needed extensive brushing daily, and after a year or two he was mainly groomed in a short clip for his comfort and ours. His skin was oily, and often had a low-level 'funk' to it, especially when he developed many warty growths as he got older. He had chronic problems with dental health, needing teeth removed on several occasions, and developed painful dental tumors later on in life. These are all health issues that I come across in many cocker spaniels.
And lastly, although I loved Mylo's personality, a final concern that I have is that many cockers that I see in practice are often fear aggressive with a known history of biting. Though I still see the occasional one that brings back memories, it's unlikely that another cocker spaniel will join our family.