Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
4590, South Africa
Posted August 17, 2014
Our cocker spaniel is purebred and as such is a very beautiful animal - one of the finest coats I've ever seen on a dog. Very different type of coat to scotties (our other two dogs). Our spaniel's hair requires less brushing than the scotties in order to keep it soft and neat. I've found that she is distrustful of visitors until she sees that we are friendly and greet the person warmly. Otherwise, she continues to bark at strangers. This is a common theme I've picked up from friends and family who also have spaniels. They form a very strong bond with their 'pack'. But can be a bit nippy at visitors. In fact, our dog tends to even growl at us sometimes when we give her a command that she doesn't want to perform. However, we've come to realise over the past 4 years that her growl is simply her way of talking. At first we thought it was an aggressive streak, as she tends to growl at the other dogs too from time to time. But over time we learnt that she is simply voicing her opinion. It's not necessarily a dog I would recommend for people with very young children, unless you get your dog as a puppy so that he or she can grow up with your children.