American Cocker Spaniel Grooming
The topics below are written from the perspective of the American Cocker Spaniel. While the ECS has similar problems, they are not seen quite so often as in the ACS. Perhaps this is because ECS breeding is more controlled, or perhaps it's because there are so many more ACS pups born each year.
Whatever the reason, these topics hold true for ACS, ECS and many other breeds.
No discussion of Cocker Spaniels would be complete without a section on selecting a new pet. How do I know this? Well, I have a dozen books, and this is a topic covered in all of them. There's a problem in this approach, however. Most of us see that adorable little puppy, then buy the book to see what we've brought home. Hopefully, you will take greater care than most of us in selecting your puppy.
A year ago, you fell in love with a wonder little Cocker. Since then, she's become a member of the family. Recently, a friend suggested you breed your pet to their Cocker. If you plan it right, it could bring in some extra cash for the holidays.
When his dog had nine puppies, our rector put an announcement in the church newsletter: "We can offer a wide choice of color, style and size. The mother is a German shepherd, and the father is a `traveling man.' The asking price is $ 20. Monies will go into a fund for a good purpose. Curious, I asked the rector, "What is the good purpose?" "To ensure that this is the last time we can make this unique opportunity available to you, " he replied. -Contributed to "Life In These United States" by Barbara B Wallace
I've listed some of the more common problems in Cockers that have lived with me. Some of these problems could have been avoided in choosing a better puppy. If your pet has health problems, proper care can help maintain your pet's health and eliminate many unnecessary vet expenses.. See the section for further suggestions.
Cockers are usually groomed with a long flowing coat, bushy feet, heavy ears, and heavy feathering on the legs. This type of grooming is beautiful in a show dog but is not practical for the average pet. Maintenance of a this type of coat requires a thorough brushing every few days, and bathing is a chore requiring several hours. This type of coat might be suitable for show dogs but is impossible in the field. It will also be more expensive when taking your pet into the groomers. Worse yet, the dog may not be as happy or healthy.