Small But Steady
The cocker spaniel is relatively small as compared to the other members of the dog family as on average they weigh about 30 pounds and grow up to be no more than 15 inches in length. This makes them ideal for people living in small apartments.
Cocker Spaniels can even be trained as good therapy dogs. They respond to training and they can respond to voice commands if trained properly. However, don’t push them too hard while training as they are sensitive and don’t respond to harsh treatments.
Man’s Best Friend
They love to spend time with their human companion and are extremely loyal. They love to follow their owners from one room to another and are a great companion for a brisk walk. They are friendly with kids. Keep in mind that these guys need attention – if they are left alone for too long they can become destructive and depressed. They are often seen crying and barking if left alone for a while.
Due to their hunting heritage, it is advisable to make them exercise for about 30 minutes a day. Cocker Spaniels have thick hair which requires constant grooming. Try to groom them twice a day. You can trim their hair once every two months and give them a puppy cut. They are an impatient breed and don’t cooperate while grooming. Keep that in mind.
It is advisable to give them a daily bath. Use a good dog shampoo that can be acquired from your nearest pet shop. Rinse them thoroughly while bathing them and use mild hot water if possible.