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Adult Cocker Spaniels for sale

The American Cocker Spaniel of good breeding is sweet-natured, happy, gentle, and playful.

The smallest of the sporting breeds, he does need regular exercise, but daily walks and romps will suffice.

When well socialized, American Cocker Spaniels are friendly and peaceful with strangers and other animals, though there is timidity and excessive submissiveness in some lines.

Cocker Spaniels are responsive to persuasive, cheerful obedience training that includes praise and food rewards.

All of that is the good news.

The bad news is . . . Cocker Spaniels need a great deal of brushing, combing, and clipping. They shed a lot and often have a distinctive doggy odor in their skin and long ears. They're very sensitive dogs - often hypersensitive. You have to be careful when correcting them with your hands, as a lot of them tend to react defensively when you try to make them do something they don't want to do. More than any other breed, Cocker Spaniels tend toward excitable or submissive urination (tendency to dribble urine when excited or nervous), especially when they're young.

In summation, an American Cocker, when you can find a good one whose breeder isn't inbreeding and who has done all the proper health tests (hips, knees, and eyes), can be a very nice dog. Unfortunately, you have to look long and hard to find a good one. Far too many American Cocker Spaniels are nasty and/or neurotic. And they have serious health issues - indeed, they're one of the riskiest of all breeds in the health department.

  • Is conveniently-sized and sturdy
  • Has a pretty feathered coat that comes in a variety of colors
  • Needs only moderate exercise
  • Is friendly, or at least polite, with strangers
  • Is peaceful with other pets
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