All About the Cocker Spaniel.

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There are two types of spaniels: English Cocker Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel. Both equally as cute, these dogs are a fantastic breed with many great qualities about them.

These dogs are happy-go-lucky!

They are known to always be excited and optimistic about everything. In recent years, they have gained the attention of many families and make the perfect all around family pet. With their cute floppy ears and magical eyes what’s not to be happy about?

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Their gentle nature makes them awesome as pets for kids.

The laid-back Cocker Spaniel rarely shows aggression toward other animals or people. They are super chill and have no desire to assert their dominance. They are the perfect dog for a new family and make great first pets for children. Teaching responsibility without being out of control.

These long coat cuties do have grooming requirements.

There is always a price to pay for the beautiful things in life. These dogs require daily brushing from the start of their life. The younger you start the grooming process the easier it will get for you and your dog. It is important that you maintain their grooming as well, because it can become a problem later. If you do not have the time to take care of their grooming sending them to a professional groomer is also an option.

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They only need moderate exercise.

If you’re not the active type, the Cocker Spaniel is the dog for you! These dogs are sufficient with a walk around the neighborhood. Every dog needs to burn off energy, so it is important that they receive daily exercise. They most likely will not tire you out. If they do, you better be ready for hours of cuddles!

These dogs are as smart as can be!

Since Cocker Spaniels love to please people, they are very trainable pets. They are considered a highly intelligent breed. It is easy for them to learn new commands, taking only a small round of repetition. This means with the right strategies, you can teach your pup loads of cool tricks in the matter of weeks!

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Small in size, but big in heart!

Belonging to the sporting dog breed group, they are considered the smallest of their group. Standing only fourteen to seventeen inches tall, they are the perfect lap dog! They also adapt very well to apartment life. These dogs do not require much space and usually only weigh between twenty-four and twenty-eight pounds.

They do have health risks.

While the Cocker Spaniel is generally a pretty healthy dog, they do have faults within their genetics. They are at a high risk for several eye problem including: progressive retinal atrophy , cataracts , and glaucoma. Please do not worry though! With proper cleaning and diet, along with regular vet visits this most likely won’t be an issue.

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