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PIESANGKLOOF SPANIELS Cocker Spaniel Information The History of Cocker Spaniels You may be planning to give a home to a Cocker Spaniel, or you may already own one, but how much do you really know about them? Cockers   were   originally   from   Spain   and   have   been   with   us   for   many   years   since   the   14 th    century,   either   as   willing   gun-dogs,   faithful   companions,   or   as   loving   family   pets.      These   sturdy   little   gun   dogs   were   given the name 'Cocker' because of the woodcock they were bred to catch. They   have   a   good   nose   and   it’s   this   great   sense   of   smell   that   allows   Cockers   to   flush   birds   from   hedgerows,   fields   and   vegetation   so   that   the   hunters   (following   behind   the   dogs),   could   shoot   the   birds   as   they emerged. The Spaniel who were trained to retrieve the birds using a ”soft mouth”, would then trot off merrily to retrieve the game. Cocker   Spaniels   are   dogs   belonging   to   two   breeds   of   the   spaniel   dog   type;   the   English   Cocker   Spaniel   and   the   American   Cocker   Spaniel,   both   of   which   are   commonly   called   simply   Cocker   Spaniel    in   their countries   of   origin.   The   only   major   difference   between   the   English   and   American   varieties   is   that   the   American   is   smaller   with   a   shorter   back,   a   domed   head   and   a   shorter   muzzle,   while   the   English   variety   is   taller with a narrower head and chest. Cocker Spaniel Information: Breed Summary Life Span : 12 - 15 Years Higher Classification : Canis Lupus Familiaris Colours : Golden, Black, Orange & White, Liver Roan, Blue Roan, Liver & Tan, Liver & White, Red, Ash Temprament : Playful, Active, Trustful, Faithful, Friendly, Sensitive, Affectionate, Trainable Weight : Female (12 - 15kg), Male (13 - 16kg) Height : Female (36 - 41cm), Male (38 - 43cm) Cocker Spaniel Information: Temperament Cocker   Spaniels   are   very   gentle   and   loving,   and   once   you've   owned   one,   I   guarantee   you   won't   want   to   own   any   other   breed   of   dog!      They’re   very   affectionate   and   playful   and   although   they   can   be   reserved   with strangers,   once   they   get   to   know   you   they’re   very   friendly   and   loyal.   They   love   to   bark   to   let   you   know   that   there’s   someone   coming   up   the   garden   path,   or   there's   someone   at   the   door,   but   if   you’re   looking   for   a burglar deterrent, forget it, a Cocker is more likely to lick any intruder into submission! However,   they   can   sometimes   be   timid   which   is   why   it’s   especially   important   to   make   sure   your   puppy   gets   lots   of   socialization    very   early   on,   and   that   it   continues   past   his   first   year   -   early   socialization   leads   to happy, confident dogs.  They can also be a little stubborn too, but they're inquisitive and intelligent, and so willing to please - all of which make them very easy to train. Cockers are exceptional hounds, equally happy as working gun-dogs, as affectionate companions, and as they're especially good with children of all ages, which makes them good family pets . Cocker Spaniel Information: Characteristics As you can see from this photo, Cockers are very handsome dogs, with their luxuriously glossy, silky coat and typically long, floppy ears - aren't they just adorable? Their   tails   docked   or   otherwise,   are   constantly   wagging.   In   fact,   Cockers   often   wag   their   tails   so   enthusiastically   that   their   bottoms   wiggle   from   side   to   side   too!   You’ve   heard   the   saying,   ‘the   tail   wagging   the dog’.....well,   I’m   just   saying!...And   when   they   look   up   at   you   with   those   beautiful   soulful   eyes,   who   could   possibly   resist   them?      Cocker   Spaniel   characteristics    are   so   very   appealing,   but   one   word   of   caution   -   they can sometimes be a little greedy and will eat almost anything on offer - ours certainly does. Cocker Spaniel Information: Coat Colors Cocker Spaniels have medium to long coats which may be straight or wavy and feel very silky to the touch.  They have feathers on their legs, chest, and underbelly. Their   coats   come   in   beautiful   solid   colours   such   as,   golden ,   red,   chocolate    (l  iver),   or   black,   black   and   tan,   liver   and   tan,   and   parti-colours   for   example,   orange   and   white,   liver   and   white,   lemon   and   white,   and   black and white.Then there’s the tri-colours, black, white and tan; and liver, white and tan. Roan   markings   are   probably   one   of   my   favourites,   especially   the   blue   roan.   Other   colours   include   orange   roan,   liver   roan,   lemon   roan,   blue   roan   and   tan,   liver   roan   and   tan.   Patterns   and   markings   may   be   present, and a little white at the chest and throat, or tan markings, for example, on the eyebrows, throat or feet. Thankfully, their coats don’t shed too much, but they do need a little care and maintenance. Puppy Care Just   like   a   new   baby,   your   little   puppy   will   benefit   from   a   strict   puppy   care   routine   and   the   sooner   you   set   one   up   for   him/her   the   better!   Get   practical   step-by-step   advice   on   how   to   be   a   good   puppy   parent   and how to set up his daily care routine. Your Cocker Spaniel's care will be based on the following activities; Sleeping, Feeding, Potty Training, Socializing, Grooming, Playtime and Exercise. General Health Care Responsible   pet   care   will   allow   your   companion   to   live   a   longer,   healthier,   happier   life   and   will   help   you   get   more   enjoyment   and   satisfaction   from   a   rewarding   and   fulfilling   human-animal   relationship.   Vaccines   help to strengthen the immune system of your pet so that, when they are exposed to certain diseases, their body is able to fend off the infection totally, or reduce the severity of the decease. Vaccination   plays   a   critical   role   in   the   maintenance   of   a   healthy   pet.   Vaccinations   have   saved   millions   of   pets’   lives   but,   it   is   important   to   note   that   vaccines   are   preventative   rather   than   curative.   Vaccinations   help prevent disease, thus saving lives, and preventing unnecessary medical expenses on diseased animals, which could have been avoided. Spaniel Love! This   information   is   intended   as   a   guideline   for   you   to   provide   some   valuable   information   regarding   certain   pet   care   and   general   health   issues.   For   medical   advice   always   consult   with   your   Vet.   Enjoy   every moment with you Cocker Spaniel, give love and take care!  A MAN’S BEST FRIEND!
To place an order for the most adorable Cocker Spaniel and your new soon to be lifelong companion contact Maritza 084 409 0217 or Mike 084 422 9680.