Working Cocker Spaniel size
We got our American Cocker Spaniel, Penny Mae, when she was about 10weeks old. Her temperment, demeanor and personality are amazing. She is sweet and loving, energetic and charming. Our Penny is wonderful with children, even babies, and enjoys romping and playing with other dogs. Her color is "buff" which is a kind of honey golden blonde and she has beautiful big brown eyes. A very intelligent puppy, Penny loves her "puppy school" sessions with her trainer. She takes instruction well if one gives a lively pup like her the patience to let her show you how much she loves to learn and please. Amazingly though, as lively and energetic she is, she is a real snuggly cuddlier and is quite mellow when playtime is over.
Penny is about 24lbs. now at almost 8 months old. She is a perfectly petite little lady without being too small or too delicate. With a beautifully shaped head and cropped tail, we keep her silky coat much shorter than the typical "'do" for her breed.
Penny is perfect
She sounds like my MaggieBy: Bull headed Betty | 5 / 5 | 23 months ago
They aren't called the "Merry Cocker" for nothing. These guys are happy, and when I say happy, I mean that little stub never stops wagging. I've worked with rescuing these guys for 10 years and under everyone's story, there is a sweet, loving, little dog.
Pros for Cockers are numerous, they are a convenient size to take places and they are always up for adventure. Most Cockers think that strangers are just friends they haven't met yet so they make excellent therapy dogs. They also bond very quickly to knew people, so they are a great dog to get from rescue. You don't get that "sulk time" you sometimes get with the working and herding breeds. If you are looking for a cuddler, then look no further. Cockers love to be with you, on your lap, by your side, in the shower with you. As far as training goes, they are very soft, biddable dogs that learn quickly so positive marker based training will set them up well for life. They also can compete at higher levels with patience, but it that is your goal, test how birdie the puppy or dog is to make sure they won't constantly have their nose on the ground.
Not every dog fits the mold, but I will say from experience, that there is temperament differences between the colors. The ASCOBs tend to be the most serious, at least for a spaniel, which is still not very serious. The Blacks tend to be the most laid back and lazy. And the Parti-colors bring the party and tend to be very clownish and playful.
Cons on these guys do exist. Badly bred or badly raised ones can be snappy and resource guard, making them unsafe with children. Always temperament test them to see if they will let you touch their food, their toys, and put them in your lap and see if they allow someone to approach without snapping. They also tend to have allergies which can lead to ear infections, even on ears that are frequently cleaned. They can be barkers, especially if they have separation anxiety, which the frequently get. And then there is the grooming. These guys need quite a bit of grooming, even if they are shaved down. Finally some can be snippy with larger dogs, which causes problems because they don't realize they will lose if a fight breaks out. They also never grow up. That crazy, wiggling puppy will not become calm and serious when they turn 2, 3, 5, or 10. You will just have a crazy, wiggling 10 year old.
I've owned and worked with many different breeds but I can't stress how much I adore this breed. It's nearly impossible to be in the vicinity of wiggling Cocker and be in a bad mood.
FYI, most of the adult pictures here are actually of English Cockers, not Americans.By: Dale Gilman1 | 5 / 5 | 12 months ago
I have had my cocker spaniel for 5 years now. When I went to see the litter, I got to see the parents temperment and instantly wanted a pup. While sitting talking with the owner, one little pup stayed right at my feet. When the owner finally asks if I have chosen my pup, I said " I think he picked me" and I have had him ever since. Smarter than I have seen any other dog. House trained from day one, and I dont need a lease for walks but do for law reasons and his protection for strays. He is fantastic with other animals of all kinds. He will not aggressive approach any animal or person. My neighborhood children love him and ask him to dance and he will get on his hind legs and spin in circles for nothing more than to get a cheer and pet on the head. I know that I will be devastated when I lose him. I recommend this breed for families with children especially for a first pet.