The Cocker Spaniel puppy is one of the most dependable and gentle companions of human beings. They are fervent dogs that enjoy the company of its human family. This breed is good with people of all ages and is hardly aggressive. Coyness is one of their unique traits. However, the puppy can be overcome by introducing them to more and more people and animals. When given plenty of attention and affection, the spaniel remains sound and happy.
Main characteristics of Cocker Spaniel
This puppy is a comparatively small, welcoming dog. It stands between 14 to 16 inches at the withers and weighs between 15 and 30 pounds irrespective of sex. The Cocker Spaniel has a long, silky coat, and the colors include red, black, light brown, black, russet, and particolored. The tail of the Cocker is docked. It is an active dog that enjoys exercise. The breed can live for 15 years or more. Their genial personalities are overblown by their floppy ears and swinging tails. With their infectious personalities, Cocker Spaniel puppies like family homes more than the outdoors. Their gorgeous coats accolade their perceptive minds to make a wonderful pet.
Health and Illness
Cocker Spaniels are usually healthy, though at times they may be subject to some health related issues, one of which is Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. The disease is life-threatening, which can cause severe blood loss as the immune system destroys the blood. It can sometimes be treated medically. The dog can also suffer from:
- cataracts and entropies – a kind of eye disease;
- hip dysplasia (abnormal growth of cells);
- problems with a jerky kneecap.
Cocker Spaniel puppies benefit from occasional professional grooming. They should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help them keep a clean and healthy coat, steer clear of mats and help to keep a closer eye on their health and strength. Hairs around their feet need attention too. Ears are to be particularly checked once a while and be kept clean. Brushing removes the accrual of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodic disease. Their toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly.
Where can Spaniels be used?
They are not suited for life in an outdoor kennel, physically or mentally. The Spaniel enjoys the company of humans and wants to interact with them. It is lighthearted, but not boisterous, in the house and may also serve as a watchdog.
Cocker Spaniel’s dynamic and energetic personalities are a delight to their owners. They are social animals and should not be left alone and ignored for long periods of time. A lot of love and merriment can be brought to the family who decides to possess the puppy.