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Basic Care Of The Cocker Spaniel

 

Cocker Spaniels are not exceptionally needy or hard to care for, but they do require more care than some other breeds.  For example, a Cocker must have it's coat brushed, bathed and clipped regularly, while a Beagle requires little coat care beyond an occasional bath.  If you are contemplating the purchase of a Cocker Spaniel, please keep the following in mind as you make your decision as to the breed of dog that is right for your family.

  • Cockers need a haircut (grooming) every 4-8 weeks.  Frequency will depend on your dog's coat texture, amount of coat, weather, the type of trim given and the coat care given between groomings.
    • I suggest a bath and brush-out every 1-2 weeks depending on the same factors as above.
    • Heavily coated dogs or dogs that are outside a lot may need daily brushing if their coats are not trimmed short.
  • Cocker ear canals should be cleaned with a quality ear cleaner once a week or as needed.
  • Cockers need to be fed a premium quality dog food to support not only their basic bodily functions, but to help keep their skin and coat healthy and to help prevent ear issues.
  • Cockers require daily interaction with their family and do best living inside the home. 
  • If you decide to purchase a Cocker Spaniel, your family and your dog will benefit from teaching your dog basic obedience skills.
    • I suggest a puppy kindergarten training course as well as at least one basic obedience training course after the dog is 6 months of age.
  • It is suggested that every dog have a veterinary exam yearly to help identify and prevent health issues.
    • Yearly vaccinations are no longer recommended, but a titre test to determine your dog's level of immunity to certain diseases is recommended every 1-3 years. 
  • Cocker Spaniels need to be maintained on flea, tick and heartworm preventative as appropriate for your region.
  • Cocker Spaniels should never be allowed to run free.  Cockers are very friendly and may follow anyone in the neighborhood away from familiar surroundings.  As a sporting breed, Cockers are also liable to follow their nose away from home!  Cockers should always be safely fenced or walked on a leash.
Remember that above all, a Cocker Spaniel  needs your love, attention and respect. You show that you care for your puppy/dog and are committed to a long, happy relationship by making time EVERY day for training, play, grooming and health care. 

If you have any questions or would like more information about our Cocker Spaniels,
please
 E-Mail Me.    Thanks,

Cindy

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