Cocker Spaniel Dog Breed, Charasteristics, Pictures
The smallest member of the American Kennel Club Sporting Group, the Cocker Spaniel is the darling of many pet owners.
Compared to other dogs in the Sporting Group, the Cocker is small (20 to 30 pounds), fitting comfortably into an apartment, condo, or a small home.
They are primarily a companion but is easily trained for the conformation show ring, obedience and agility competitions, and field work. They are also an excellent therapy dog.
The typical Cocker Spaniel is gentle, a loving and trustworthy family companion who is good with children, other pets, and the elderly. Unfortunately, their extreme popularity leaves them open to the bane of all favorite breeds: unscrupulous people who breed with no regard for temperament, health, or conformation.
As a result, some Cocker Spaniels have serious health and temperament problems. If you are considering a Cocker Spaniel, you must be extremely careful from whom you buy or adopt a puppy.