PIESANGKLOOF SPANIELSCocker Spaniel InformationThe History of Cocker SpanielsYou 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 14thcentury, 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 Spanielin 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 SummaryLife Span : 12 - 15 YearsHigher Classification : Canis Lupus FamiliarisColours : Golden, Black, Orange & White, Liver Roan, Blue Roan, Liver & Tan, Liver & White, Red, AshTemprament : Playful, Active, Trustful, Faithful, Friendly, Sensitive, Affectionate, TrainableWeight : Female (12 - 15kg), Male (13 - 16kg)Height : Female (36 - 41cm), Male (38 - 43cm)Cocker Spaniel Information: TemperamentCocker 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 socializationvery 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: CharacteristicsAs 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 characteristicsare 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 ColorsCocker 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 CareJust 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!
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