English Cocker Spaniel Puppies
Have you been looking at English Cocker Spaniel puppies while trying to find a new dog? These dogs are adorable, and very popular. However, as with any breed, you should do your research on their specific needs and personalities before committing.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Where To Get English Cocker Spaniel Puppies
Some people are committed to adopting dogs, which is admirable. However, it’s difficult to find an English Cocker Spaniel puppy in a shelter. You may find an older dog, or a mix, but purebred puppies simply aren’t too common in shelters. This is because they’re expensive and highly desirable, so if one does end up in a shelter, they get snapped up quickly. It’s worth calling around, but prepare to have no luck. Ollie…
There may also be a breed-specific rescue in your area. You have a better chance here, but be aware that adoption requirements are often high. They sometimes require previous experience with the breed.
Most people get their English Cocker Spaniel puppies from breeders. If you do this, you’ll want to make sure the breeder you’re supporting is completely ethical. That means ensuring the puppy doesn’t leave their mother before they’re eight weeks old, the parents are health-tested, and there’s a contract in place. Usually, the contract will have a health guarantee and state that you need to get your puppy neutered when appropriate.
From a shelter or rescue, the cost will be a few hundred dollars and likely will include spaying/neutering, shots, and a microchip. Pippen…
From a breeder, you can expect to pay more — around $800 to $2000, depending on the lines. This might seem like a lot, but if you see puppies being sold cheaper, beware: this is likely a backyard breeder or puppy mill. If a puppy is cheap to buy, they didn’t cost much to raise. They likely don’t have much socialization or vet checks behind them.
These dogs are fairly small with distinctive floppy ears. They have medium-long coats with a wavy texture that can come in a variety of colors. Igasd…
English Cocker Spaniel Puppies – Temperament
The great news about an English Cocker Spaniel is that they’re one of the most adaptable dog breeds. If you move around a lot or your life is just generally prone to change, they’re a good idea. They’re affectionate and playful dogs who are happiest with their people and go where you need to. They get along great with kids and strangers, but you should socialize them from an early age to help them live up to their full potential.
Despite their adaptability, however, they are a working breed. Their energy needs are not insignificant, and they’re intelligent too! Make sure you work hard with your dog and train them with positive reinforcement only. This will build your relationship with them. You should provide them with plenty of enrichment because this will keep them occupied. An intelligent and bored dog is a destructive dog!
They can get along well with other dogs and cats, but should be introduced carefully. Mabel…
The most important thing to remember when choosing a kibble for your dog is that not all kibble is created equal. Some cheap food is more full of filler than nutrients, and this can be detrimental to your dog’s overall health. Make sure you ask your vet for advice and pick a healthy option. You should avoid grain-free diets unless your dog has allergies, as this has been linked to heart disease.
Some dog owners swear by a raw diet. While this is an option, you should do careful research. Dogs are omnivores and need a lot of things in their diet to thrive. Ra_ma_ta…
English Cocker Spaniel Veterinary Needs
Like most breeds, the English Cocker Spaniel has a few health conditions it’s predisposed to. These include progressive renal atrophy, cataracts, and glaucoma. You can help to prevent these by ensuring your dog’s parents are health-tested, if you buy from a breeder, and keeping up with vet visits.
Otherwise, they have the same needs as any other puppy. They’ll need a series of shots to protect them from nasty and often fatal diseases like parvovirus as puppies. Until this series is complete, they should be kept away from other dogs and areas with high dog traffic. They’ll need a rabies vaccine too, and these shots are usually boosted once a year by your vet.
They should also be kept up to date on flea and heartworm prevention medication. Ra_ma_ta…
Because your dog has a medium to long coat, you’ll have to brush them frequently. This will prevent mats. You may also have to get them professionally groomed every now and again to keep that coat in good shape.
Clean their ears and teeth frequently. You should also keep their nails fairly short using clippers or a Dremel. A lot of dogs hate this process, but with patience and high-value treats, you can condition them to have a positive association.