English Cocker Spaniel

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)

Gender: Male

Training: N/A

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Christopher Robert Ushak - My Childhood Friend


LV 1030, Latvia

Posted July 17, 2015

Overall, Robert was a great dog - though he didn't allow himself to be pushed around, he was pretty patient and was not aggressive. It was only a very rare occasion that he did attack someone and it was usually so for a reason (e.g. - harassed by tucking its tail, it was physically attacked by a broom or when another dog kept pestering him). An active, yet affectionate dog. He was always willing to go outside for a run, however didn't constantly need exercise in order to be bearable. He was a great dog for my grandparents who spent most of their time indoors and Robert was great for me as a child who would decide to go running outside on a whim with the dog.

He was a clever dog and would quickly learn tricks and actions, however that also meant that he became cunning over time and could systematically disobey masters (he once framed our other dog for ripping apart a tent by dragging it to its dog house, and would generally misbehave only when nobody was around, but that might as well be bad training).

It was a bit of a challenge in terms of grooming, however - it needed fur grooming often, as the ears would collect dirt, as well as the thick fur on the abdomen. Though, we had to cut the fur every few months, it would become more and more difficult the more time we left between grooming. So, if you live in an area where a lot of mud is present, you might need to spend extra time looking after your spaniel's fur.

All in all, Robert was a friendly dog who is fit for anyone who goes for long walks or wants an active dog, who is not demanding in terms of exercise. A playful and lovable one, dogs like this are the reason they're known to be friends.

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