Basic Care Of The
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.
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.
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.
you decide to purchase a Cocker Spaniel, your family
and your dog will benefit from teaching your dog
basic obedience skills.
suggest a puppy kindergarten training course as
well as at least one basic obedience training
course after the dog is 6 months of age.
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
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,
Sandcastle Kennels 2003-2011
Spaniel Training |
Dog Shows |