Due to their strong character, the Cocker may need extensive training, but when properly taught, they will be a loving companion. Joy is a trait that characterizes them and is ideal for an active family that can give them the love and exercise they require.
They are not a barker. However, it tends to be destructive when left alone for long periods, as it has an innate hunter within it. You have to realize that they will need exercise.
Any problem that this breed may present can be corrected as long as the dog is properly socialized from puppyhood.
It is “a one-owner dog,” so it will choose a family member with whom to establish a more special bond; this does not mean that it does not love the rest of the family. Their intelligence will allow you to teach them many tricks and games; without a doubt, it is an excellent way to spend time together. Also, it will be perfectly adapted to living in an apartment.
A well-socialized cocker spaniel will be friendly to people and other pets in the house. If you want them to get along with children, you have to socialize them from the first moment, because their patience does not endure long hours of play.
This breed has great physical strength. However, these dogs tend to suffer from hereditary problems in the ears and eyes.
Another ailment that usually affects this breed is patella luxation, which usually has a genetic origin. It consists of knee displacement and can cause pain and arthritis.
Another weak point is its long ears. When they are down, it drags them on the ground and can generate an infection. Deafness also affects some of this breed.
The sight must also be taken care of. These furry animals often develop progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, or glaucoma. These problems need to be controlled by a veterinarian; otherwise, your pet could go blind.
Due to its accelerated metabolism, you should look for a feed that favors its rapid growth and provides it with the energy it demands.
Get used to regular tooth brushing to avoid the accumulation of tartar and bacterial plaque, which causes halitosis or bad breath.
The logical thing is to bathe it every two months unless it gets dirty. With this, you will avoid losing the waterproofing oils that act as protectors for your skin and hair. Brush before each bath to remove loose dead hair.
You also have to clean under your eyes with a gauze soaked only with water or a specific product, with a movement from the inside out.
It is advisable to brush your hair daily. A brush with long metal bristles or bristles is the most indicated. And to review, use a metal comb.
This breed tends to pee both when greeting you and when scolding you. There are techniques to avoid this, such as greeting them discreetly not to get excited. You must stay calm if they urinate because if you scold them, it will be worse.