This, combined with the

Working Cocker Spaniel temperament

I have heard Rage Syndrome a big problem in Cocker Spaniels. Is this true?

No, the number of affected Cockers is very small. Unfortunately this problem was sensationalised in the 1980's by the national press and this resulted in the Cocker Spaniel (particularly the solid coloured Cocker) gaining an undeserved reputation.

Is it true that only Red & Golden Cocker Spaniels suffer from Rage Syndrome?

Although Rage Syndrome is more often associated with red/golden Cockers, this is not a condition confined to any one colour or even one breed of dog (see below).

It should be noted that temperament and behaviour problems happen in all breeds of dogs & behaviour can be influenced by many factors, not only genetics but also rearing, training & general health. Poor temperaments (not necessarily Rage-related) are occasionally seen in all colours, due to the fact that the Cocker Spaniel is a very popular breed and sadly, not all puppies come from knowledgeable, reputable breeders. It is also true to say that some owners make mistakes in training their dogs which can result in temperament problems.

What other breeds are known to suffer from Rage Syndrome?

This problem has also been reported in American Cocker Spaniels, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Dobermanns, English Bull Terriers, English Springer Spaniels, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and St. Bernards. Again, the number of affected animals is very small.

What actually causes Rage Syndrome?

Nothing has been established as yet. Although there have been studies, it still cannot be accurately predicted. There are many theories on what Rage Syndrome is & what it is caused by. These theories are: a form of epilepsy, a canine form of schizophrenia; low serotonin levels in the brain and thyroid dysfunction. Some also believe that Rage Syndrome is simply a form of dominance-related aggression & is not a separate condition at all.

Could Rage Syndrome have a heritable basis?

Although there have been no...

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