The English Cocker Spaniel (also known as the American Shorthair) is one of the most popular breeds in the world today. There are many reasons why this breed became so popular. First of all, it’s a very intelligent dog with great loyalty and affection towards its family members. Second, it looks cute when it wears a collar and leash. Thirdly, they’re easy to train and have good temperaments. Finally, there are no health problems associated with them whatsoever!
English Cocker Spaniel Facts:
There are different types of English Cocker Spaniels. They include Standard, Toy, Miniature and Hairless varieties. The standard variety is considered the “average” type. These dogs tend to be medium sized and come in various colors such as black, brown, chocolate, tan and white.
The toy variety tends to be smaller than the standard variety but still larger than other varieties such as the miniature or hairless varieties. The miniature variety is usually smaller than the toy variety. All varieties are friendly and loving. Some examples of their favorite things to do include sleeping, playing fetch, lying down and relaxing.
Cockerspies are loyal companions that love to please their owners. They’re affectionate, sweet and playful with each other and humans alike. They make excellent guard dogs because they don’t bark too much which makes them less likely to alert intruders of your home or property. They’re generally gentle around young children, however they may unintentionally knock them over, so supervision is always suggested to ensure the safety of your child.
Due to their friendly nature and lack of excessive barking (when introduced to one at a young age), the English Cocker Spaniel tends to do well with other breeds. They make excellent additions to families with children and pets. They tend to get along well with other dogs when socialized properly.
As the name would imply, they were primarily bred to hunt and fetch birds. They typically have exceptional stamina, which comes in handy when hunting. The only major downside to this breed is that they shed a lot. If you’re in an apartment or somewhere with little space, then this may not be the breed for you.
Some people may experience allergic reactions due to the amount of hair that these dogs shed. This breed requires daily exercise and mental stimulation. Owners need to make sure that the dog is taught the difference between what’s his and what’s not. Some Cocker Spaniels have a reputation of being “Velcro dogs” because they don’t like being left alone. They need human contact and attention on a regular basis in order to thrive.
As mentioned before, English Cocker Spaniels do not typically suffer from any major health problems. Some of these minor issues can include ear infections, hip dysplasia and eye problems. Due to their active nature, owners should consider getting pet insurance for their Cocker Spaniel in case any accidents happen.
These dogs are very easy to groom because they only shed a small amount of fur. Owners should simply brush them a few times per week and bathe them when necessary. The ears will need to be cleaned regularly and the teeth brushed at least once per week. The nails should also be trimmed on a regular basis.
English Cocker Spaniels are very active dogs and require daily exercise. They enjoy running, swimming and playing in general. Owners should make sure to give them lots of exercise on a regular basis, whether it’s taking them hiking or throwing the ball in the backyard.
Due to their active nature, owners shouldn’t leave these dogs alone for long periods of time or they may start becoming destructive. One way to combat this issue is by hiring a dog walker or getting a second English Cocker Spaniel as company. Most of the time owners can anticipate these behaviors in their pets and should take steps to prevent them from occurring.
This breed is very loving towards its owners, but they tend to be wary of new people they meet. It usually doesn’t take them too long to warm up to strangers though. Owners may want to consider obedience training classes in order to better control their dog and make it less likely to run away from home.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a great family dog for those with the time to spend on them. They seem to particularly enjoy children and will make a great addition to most homes. Their affectionate nature makes up for their minor clean up obligations. These dogs are definitely a must have for any family.
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