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What You Need To Know About The American Cocker Spaniel?

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What You Need To Know About The American Cocker Spaniel?

Life Span: 12-14 years
Special Skills: Known for ability as sporting dog, especially as a gun dog.
Suitability with Children: Yes
Suitability with Other Pets: Yes
Living Conditions: Very energetic, so may, at a push, be suitable to live in an apartment or home with no yard because of size, but will need regular exercise.
Trainability: Medium, excellent with obedience as a sporting dog or as a family pet although not great at problem solving and may be difficult to housetrain.
Intelligence: Medium
Exercise Required: Medium to High
Cost of Maintenance: High
Common Ailments: A very healthy breed, but may be susceptible to genetic disorders like heart problems, eye problems, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy. The most prominent of which is eye problems, like cataracts and glaucoma. May also be prone to dislocation of the kneecap.
Breed Characteristics: An adorable dog, with a beautiful, silky curly coat and very long ears that hang past the face to the shoulders while sitting, Cocker Spaniels have the look of a puppy even as they enter their older years. Complete with a rounded face and round to oval shaped eyes, these sweet and happy dogs are hard to resist. Their curly coat means they will need regular grooming and trimming, especially to keep the hair away from their face and eyes. Many Cocker Spaniel owners will tell you that once you have an American Cocker Spaniel, you may never look for another breed. They seem to consistently wag their tails for owners, with a very gentle disposition, although this may make them a bit shy around strangers.

Keep in mind that it is important to carefully consider the breeder for American Cocker Spaniels, because although they are almost always gentle natured dogs, there are a slight few with behavioral problems coined “shy sharpness.” This simply means they may have a combination of passive-aggressive tendencies. Cocker Spaniels are a small to medium sized dog, weighing between 20-30 pounds, and standing 15-16 inches off the ground. Despite their small size, they have a good deal of energy, and will require regular exercise.