Get to know the English Cocker Spaniel
All you need to know about the breed
Don’t let the posh coat fool you: The English Cocker Spaniel is as rugged as they are captivating, suited to the great outdoors having been bred as a hunting dog. An ever-faithful companion, they’re always eager for a long walk, or even a hike, no matter the weather. The main attraction, besides the chance to stomp around in nature? You. Whether out and about or cosied up by the fire, the breed is always happy to be around his humans. They are devoted by nature.
Using gentle, positive training methodsfrom a young age will help entrust your English Cocker Spaniel. The breed can have a mind of its own and with hunting as its instinct, they can sometimes be undecided about coming when called. The English Cocker Spaniel bark can be an issue as it can be for any hunting breed but here too, training can help.
The English Cocker Spaniel earned its reputation as an expert retriever of game birds, thus known as a bird dog or a gun dog. The smallest of the Sporting Group, their instinctual drive to find and retrieve could translate to picking up objects on the homefront and carrying to another spot. Try a healthy game of fetch if your dog seems restless. Steadiness is the breed hallmark, and their stable bodies will glide through the field or the garden with the greatest of ease.
2 facts about English Cocker Spaniels
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your English Cocker Spaniel
Reign in the independent streak
Often described as merry, the English Cocker Spaniel’s admirable traits are numerous. Their wilful nature is one of them. Until they get distracted and head off in the opposite direction. Early training will help teach them the desired behaviours including recall.
Sometimes difficult to house-train
As a breed that’s obstinate and used to sport, issues can arise when it comes to training the English Cocker Spaniel. A crate can be a great aid in creating a safe space to promote and reinforce good behaviour.
Underneath that soft exterior lurks the body of a champion athlete
As domesticated as they are, the breed is also a sporting one. Exercise for the English Cocker Spaniel then, is essential. They enjoy hikes in the great outdoors and will never turn their noses up at playtime in the garden.
Caring for your English Cocker Spaniel
Grooming, training and exercise tips