The coat is profuse and requires regular grooming and brushing.
The Cocker is the AKC’s smallest sporting spaniel, standing about 14 to 15 inches at the shoulder. The coat comes in enough colors and patterns to please any taste. The body is strong and solid, with smooth, easy movement.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Cocker Spaniel is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Cockers have an abundance of hair, which will require regular grooming and will, no matter how much you try to control it, end up on your furniture. The long ears and big eyes require routine inspection.Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
It’s easy to understand the Cocker’s popularity as a family dog. They’re eager playmates for kids, they usually get along with other pets, and they’re easily trained as companions, athletes, or gundogs. Cockers are big enough to be sporty, but compact enough to be portable. A well-bred Cocker will have a sweet, trusting, playful disposition. The coat needs regular grooming; the long ears and big eyes require routine inspection. A Cocker rewards extra grooming time by being the prettiest dog on the block.
Cocker Spaniel &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Cocker Spaniels are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Cocker Spaniel can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.