English Cocker Spaniel Rescue UK
Cockers are loveable and loving and loyal to their owners. They are active and merry by nature and happy to join in family fun. They are often greedy and feeding should be controlled and tit-bits restricted.
If you wish to become a Cocker owner you must be prepared to care for its coat. While the glamorous, silky show dog looks attractive, its preparation requires a lot of effort. You will need to brush and comb your dog regularly (preferably daily) and if you are unable to cope with the trimming – particularly of feet and ears – you will need to take it to a professional groomer four or more times a year.
Regular exercise is important for the health of the dog and can benefit the owner too. Cockers can be self-willed, but with patience can be trained for a variety of activities such as obedience and agility, and their particular qualities have made them useful as “assistance” or “sniffer” dogs.
Space is essential. A house with an enclosed garden or yard is an absolute must. Keeping a Cocker in a small flat or town house is not recommended. Nor is regularly leaving them alone for hours at a time. A bored Cocker, particularly a young or fretful one, can cause mischief.
A Cocker needs firm but gentle handling and must be taught that you are the boss. An ideal Cocker owner knows the breed or has experience of similar breeds e.g. Labradors, Retrievers, other types of Spaniels, Setters and Hounds or cross-breeds who have a close gun/working dog progenitor. If you have limited or no experience with this type of energetic dog it may be best to consider a more placid breed or cross-breed. Many dogs are abandoned or given up because an owner cannot cope.
In the right home a Cocker can be a wonderful and fulfilling companion. In the wrong home a Cocker can be a nightmare, dominant and very difficult to control. However, if you are willing to commit yourself to becoming a Cocker owner then the friendship and loyalty you will receive in return will make it all worthwhile.