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Cocker Spaniel: 5 things to know before getting a Cocker

Cocker Spaniel in field dog-happy
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The Cocker Spaniel is famous for its floppy ears, soulful eyes, and loving disposition. But there's a few more things you need to know before adopting one of these amazing dogs.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 10/03/2021, 21:00

With more than 20,000 registered every year, the Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular dog breeds in the UK. In fact, these adorable pooches have been one of our preferred companions for over 200 years.

So let's take a closer look at this famous breed. Here are 5 things you should know about the Cocker Spaniel.

1. The Cocker Spaniel is a snuggle bug

Cocker Spaniels love snuggles. The definition of a velcro dog, they stick to their favourite humans, even when it might be a little inappropriate. So if you don't like being stared at when taking care of your own business, keep the bathroom door closed!

2. The Cocker Spaniel has brains and beauty

Cocker Spaniels are canine geniuses. It means that every Cocker Spaniel needs plenty of mental stimulation on top of regular physical exercise. They respond well to obedience training and love showing off new tricks.

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3. Sometimes, the Cocker Spaniel can't contain their excitement

A wagging tail and shower of kisses are clear signs that your dog is happy to see you. But sometimes the Cocker Spaniel gets overwhelmed by the love it has for its humans, and so it has to find another way out. And that can involve what vets politely call excitable urination. In other words, Cocker Spaniels wee themselves with excitement.

4. The Cocker Spaniel is a high maintenance dog

The Cocker Spaniel has a soft, thick, and silky coat. But it comes with a price for owners. And no matter how much brush, clip, and groom, you're still going to find dog hairs on the sofa. 

5. The Cocker Spaniel can get a little funky

The Cocker Spaniel is a beautiful creature. But despite their angelic faces and gentle hearts, they're well known for having (how shall we say it?) a rather 'distinct' odour. It's especially noticeable around their ears. You'll need to bathe this dog more than most other breeds.