Cocker Spaniels are medium-sized dogs that were bred to be compact, agile, and enthusiastic hunting companions. Your average spaniel has distinctive droopy ears with a curly or silky wavy coat that often swoops to the ground. Cocker Spaniels with longer hair require regular grooming to prevent their hair from matting. These popular companion dogs come in a wide variety of colors, including red and white, black and white, liver and white, and sometimes deep brown or black.
Most Cocker Spaniels owners would describe their adorable pooches as merry, responsive, energetic, and tirelessly eager to please. You won’t find a more charming, agreeable family dog with such irresistible good looks. Unfortunately, they’re also especially prone to separation anxiety and won’t do too well when left on their own for long periods of time.
The sensitive Cocker Spaniel can be a bit nervous, so don’t be surprised if your Cocker exhibits submissive urination (peeing when excited). They can also be barkers and therefore, a response to a “Quiet” command should always be part of their repertoire. Cockers were bred to be hunting dogs Which means they like to chase birds or other small animals when you’re out on a walk. Keep your Cocker on a leash whenever you aren’t in a fenced area.