Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner
Posted December 28, 2014
I've had 3 cocker spaniels my entire life. They're loyal(usually they have a special bond with one person), nice,friendly with kids.
Specifically about my Misiu: He has a lovely nature, when out for walks, he doesn't stop running so exercise is essential. When home, cockers can be easily be bored so they need to do something all the time. Mental stimulation is important as well, they need training and they need to please owner.
What is more, cockers can be really naughty. I'm still crying over my leather sofa, and some other stuff around the house. Our flowers get killed daily, but they're too sweet to even consider that as a disadvantage. (that's what happens with boredom).
They are fast learners and they could even work at the field. (Especially the working range of cockers-that are bred especially to be worked).
About their grooming needs. Daily brush or you get matts!! Unless you want to clip them ( but why would you do that to such a beautiful dog?).
Health Issues: There are some genetic diseases (kidney issues and eye issues, hip dysplasia as well) , so before buying make sure that parents of the litter are health tested so you will buy a healthy cocker puppy!
Most of all, I enjoy the journey too much. Cockers are the kind of emotional dogs, with one look they can show you how the feel, you get what they want and the love you get is unconditional. They're mostly friendly unless not socialized from early age!! So , it's such a great breed If you have time for their needs(grooming,long walks,training,and much much love!!).