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Cocker spaniels????

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clpsmum Sun 13-Oct-13 07:43:39

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

RayABlokeIUsedToKnow Mon 14-Oct-13 18:42:14

I think you are making the right choice. I'm really sorry you lost your dog and I know how empty a house is when it is used to having a dog around. If you lost you Cav recently it would be easy to let your heart rule you head and get the next gorgeous puppy that comes along.

A show type cocker would be far more suited to a family that a worker. Still have a read of the cocker spaniel forum. They have a looking for a cocker section and people are very helpful. Be careful of getting a puppy from health tested parents and be absolutely sure of their pedigree. There are some unscrupulous 'breeders' crossing show and working strain cockers. There is no reason for this and it is not in the interest of the breed. I have been on the forum for a long time and many people have been caught out with a worker or show/worker mix.

Do you know of anyone with a cocker you could borrow?

TooManyButtons Mon 14-Oct-13 19:33:55

I have a 4 month old show cocker; my next door neighbours have a working cocker. They are amazed at how calm Stanley, my puppy, is compared to theirs. He does have his silly half hours when he runs round like a loon, but otherwise he's very well behaved - doesn't chew, or bark.

However, I do think working cockers are prettier than show type cockers. Not that I'd ever say that in Stanley's earshot grin.

littlemissnormal Mon 14-Oct-13 19:45:49

I have a 2 year old working cocker bitch and she is the most gorgeous thing ever.

But like others have said, she's a bundle of energy and will go on for ever. She can almost jump our stable door from a sitting position and doesn't walk anywhere, she bounds!

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Mon 14-Oct-13 21:01:57

Labradors are born half trained, spaniels die half trained!

^^ Never a truer word spoken grin

cathpip Wed 16-Oct-13 19:41:20

We have father and son working cockers, mine however are not mad, far from it! The 1 year old can be walked past other dogs by my 3year old. They sleep all day in the house but I do give them a lot of exercise, they get 2 hours a day and one of those hours is usually on a bike, so that's probably the reason they sleep! Training is easy but they do need reminding every so often, I have concentrated mainly on heel on and off lead, sit, wait and recall. They do go out grouse beating, that's the only time I have seen them both worn out though. They are both sparko on my rug in front of the fire at the moment! The only downside I would say (after owning labs) is they do pick up burrs and grass seeds and sticky balls very easily and they take ages to dry out. smile

outtolunchagain Wed 16-Oct-13 20:03:08

We have a four year old show type cocker spaniel , who is the most important person in the family,
.Great with the children , loves a walk and a game but is always up for cuddles and snuggles.Basic training was straight forward as they love human attention but they shed dreadfully and hair is definitely a problem!
Would second the recommendation for cockersonline, it truly was my saviour in the early days , they are not the easiest of puppies , they definitely go through a cockerdile stage and are complete loons but I wouldn't swop him for the world and he is now the perfect family dog.

Awks Fri 18-Oct-13 10:07:04

I have a 5 month old working cocker and he is lovely. Chilled, fun, loving. He sleeps a lot too but he does get some good long walks each day. He snores so loud though, it's like a train when he drops off grin

thesixteenthtry Sat 19-Oct-13 21:30:18

If you go for a cocker get one with the beautiful tail he was born with. Many pet spaniels are still being docked illegally.

Leakingwellies Mon 21-Oct-13 12:00:31

We have a 13 month old male working cocker as well as a 7 year old cairn terrier. They both love long walks off the lead and the cocker needs at least 3 good hours bounding about every day so its not a decision I made lightly as I knew the commitment involved.

Do I regret getting him? -not for one second. Would I do it again?-no! He is in equal measure loveable, greedy, hyper, daft, cuddly, destructive, mischevious and never seems to get tired till about nine pm when he just crashes out. Puppy training classes were a waste of time and money in our case but he gets socialised enough on the fields where we live and I think thats the key. He loves other dogs and people and just wants to be admired and loved.

It also took me a while to find one with his waggy tail intact.

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