Cocker spaniels????(34 Posts)
We lost our lovely Kibg Charles Spaniel very recently. As much as we adored him our house is just empty without a family pet. We have the chance to adopt two cocker spaniel puppies. I've had no experience with cocker spaniels at all and wonder if anyone can offer any advice? I have three DC under 7yrs and am a sahm
I have a cocker - lovely breed and brilliant with children.
Not enough of a clue about Cockers, but definitely don't adopt two puppies at the same time.
Recently I had a new client arrive at the surgery. On retirement she had got two cocker spaniel puppies together and they were now a year old. They were lovely friendly dogs, however, they were totally unruly we watched her arrive and leave with both her arms split in opposite directions. She was an experienced dog owner previously having owned German shepherds. She said she had not realised how pack like they would become if you got two together not listening to a word she said.
Our old cocker was unbelievably dim but so good-natured and happy - every morning he got up and thought "yay! another day! Yippee!!!"
Very good with children and other dogs, not at all bad-tempered, didn't bark much, chewed a bit but not Labrador destructiveness, loved walks as long as they weren't too long (would flop down and refuse to move when he ran out of steam), hated rain and for a water dog wasn't much of a swimmer, took ages to be reliably house-trained but that was more a combination of his lack of brain power and a very dodgy start in life (he'd spent his first 6 months locked in a shed). Despite missing all the crucial socialisation time, he was not a fearful dog at all.
He needed regular grooming and his ears and tail picked up every bit of mud, burr, grass seed he went past...sadly he developed epilepsy when he was about 6 and needed daily medication for the rest of his life
He was a lovely dog but I definitely wouldn't get two siblings at the same time as they will bond with each other and not with you
Hadn't even thought about the problems of getting two at the same time. Thank you for pointing that out to me it's not something I would've thought about to be honest. How long would you recommend leaving between puppy one and possibly a second one?
We only lost our dog very very recently and everyone telling me it's too soon for another but house just feels empty without him.
My main concern about getting one so soon is the length of time it takes to house train a pup and if I want one enough to go through that again!!!
You need for dog1 to be an adult and well beyond the teenage phase. As a cocker cross owner I would say dog1 needs to be at least 2 years old before you get dog2.
You also need to consider the lead holding, child hand holding combinations too.
Oh yes not just on a need to hold your hand basis. My nearly 10 year old DD still sometimes wants to hold my hand on a dog walk particularly if she has had a bad day.
My younger dog is a cocker, and she makes a great "little sis" for Max the Weim, who is 3 years older than her.
Cockers are fab dogs. Every day is Christmas Day. They are very vocal - I swear Mini has different yelps and yaps for different things. Easily pleased, very sociable, very smart and easy to train. But 2 at once would be a nightmare!
I miss my Old Girl
Though, it was 15 years of having a loopy puppy who thought she was human and never got used to be left alone (not even for 5 minutes, she'd howl) and could not be let off the lead as she would be head down, arse up and off - the whole world is just so very exciting when you are a cocker spaniel. She was adorable and drove me insane! <Oh & we did training class, oh yes we did... for the good it did I might as well have just burned pound notes!>
Though to be fair to her, we found out in later life that her eyesight was bad and probably had always been, so it might have had something to do with that.
I'd have another in a heart beat if I was home more! But only the one - I'm mad, not stupid
Lol I can safely say, now I've had time to think I will just be getting one puppy. Thank you all so much for your advice especially making me realise how stupid it would be go get two!!
All the cocker spaniels I have knows have been as mad as a box of frogs and just as jumpy.
I have a 3 year old show cocker and I 2 year old DD. both are best of friends
Contrary to other peoples experience, my cocker is the laziest dog you will ever meet! My DH actually had to bring her back from one of his runs as she refused to Jo up the hill!
I couldn't recommend the breed enough, based on my experience. She is great with kids and the happiest little dog ever. She does go for a walk everyday and needs professional clipping every 6-8 weeks.
The only negative is that she does tend to pull on the lease despite our best efforts to train her out of it. Never chewed anything and quick to housetrain
Oh I have heard working cockers can be much more energetic!
Ohmygod so sorry for typos! Typing on train from iPhone
Thanks for all your replies. We now have to make the decision of a red dog or a lemon bitch, decisions decisions!! I'm erring towards the dog but that could change they're both so cute it's hard to chose, but I will chose I'm definitely only taking one!
The next thing is names, any suggestions?
Working cockers are very very different to show type and an enormous huge leap from a Cav!
Are the puppies from health tested parents for PRA? Are they hip scored?
Workers are VERY high energy. If you have one with a huge prey drive then can be a difficult dog to handle. I have a very neurotic show type cocker who I love and would happily strangle in equal measures! Would I get another cocker...no! I do however know some fantastic workers and show types who are fantastic family dogs.
The key is to get a very well bred dog from health tested parents with a good pedigree, that at least gives you half a chance of getting a good start.
Labradors are born half trained, spaniels die half trained!
I recommend checking out this forum. They have some very knowledgeable owners and breeders. Do a search for show vs working and settle down for a long read!
I have a show cocker (2 years old), my parents have a working spaniel (soon 8 years old).
The difference in energy levels is massive - my dog is so easy and requires the daily walks (we don't have a garden) and 30-45 minutes of training/running/retrieving every day. We can skip the training for a couple of days without any issues.
My parents' dog has a massive amount of energy and is awful if bored/not exercised enough. It's hours of daily training, running her next to the bike and so on - on top of the daily walks. Training/exercise cannot be skipped at all as the dog will be awful - even at 8 years old.
My parents were dog sitting my dog for a while, and they were so shocked at the difference.
My dad spent a lot of time training the dog when they got her, so she's well trained. We didn't spend as much time as my dad, but our dog is pretty good - her recall is good, she knows quite a few commands and she's well-behaved in the house. Both were easy to house train.
Both dogs are lovely around other dogs, they never bark and they both love kids. We don't have kids, but the kids in the neighbourhood all know the dog and will run over to kiss and hug her. The dogs are always happy. But in true spaniel form, they are both velcro dogs. But none of them have problems being home alone.
I don't think the dogs are mad or crazy - something I've often heard about cockers. We went for a very good breeder and so did my parents.
Personally, I wouldn't want a working dog unless I was going to use it for hunting or other work. I wouldn't be able to keep it as a family dog as it's too demanding with regards to exercise. But that's just based on the experience I've got with the dogs in the family.
I am so pleased on here! Your advice has been absolutely invaluable and is certainly making me think twice. The dogs are adorable but I don't want to take on a dog that I am unable to handle or give the full amount of exercise it requires each day. I think I am going to have to be sensible and rethink my choice of dog.
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