Cocker Spaniel Care Tips

Cocker Spaniels are sweet playful pups that are good with children and will tolorate other pets. Obedience training at an early age is recommended to help with house breaking and to develope a well mannered pet. Having a back yard to play in is ideal. However, they can be content with apartment living providing they get plenty of exercise. The breed is known to be great with children and other pets. They do like to bark alot.

Consider these items for your Pup

A Comfortable Pad to Lay Down

A Good Grooming Brush

Collar for your Dog

Dog Hair Conditioner

Dog Dishes

Spray for Grooming

Leash for your Dog

Dog Shampoo

Dog Tags

Fun Toys for your Dog

Dog Training Aids

Low Fat Content Treats

High Grade-Nutritous Dog Food

Shampoo Made for dogs

Cotton Swabs

Caring for your Cocker Spaniel

Maintain the Cockers immune system by making sure it receives it yearly booster shots. Consult your veterinarian about flea control products and worming your dog.

A Cocker Spaniel food diet should be established and monitored. Cocker spaniels will put on weight if not excersised and watched closely. Only provide high-grade dog foods. Quality products will always have meat listed as the first ingredient. Check for crude protein levels of 30 percent or better. Crude fat should be no less than 20 percent. Less that 4 percent fiber content is prefered.

Socialize Cocker Spaniels early on with people, children and pets. If not socialized, they have a tendency to shy.

Walk your cocker spaniel daily, being careful not to let her walk through brush, as her coat can get tangled easily.

Crate training the pup until housebroken is always a good idea. If unable to supervise your pup it should be placed in its crate. The crate only needs to be big enough to sleep. After your dogs eats it needs to go out. Preferably to the same spot each time. After your dog is finish give it lots of praise.

Brushing your pup every day should be part of your daily routine. Your dog should be shampooed on a regular basis. Cocker spaniels are average shedders. Long coat Cocker need to be trimmed every four months or so.

Clean your cocker spaniel’s eyes regularly with moist cotton wool pads. Avoid spreading any infections by cleaning each eye with a different pad.

Check nails every two to three weeks and trim them as needed.

Be aware that Cocker Spaniels have inherited health problems. This includes cataracts, glaucoma, dislocation of the kneecap, know as patellar luxation. They can also be prone to hip dysplasia (a malformed ball and socket in the hip joint) and allergies.

A male Cocker Spaniel will grow to be about 15 inches in height. Female Cocker Spaniels reach about 13 to 14 inches at maturity. Both the female and male weigh at around 24 to 30 pounds.

Be prepared to enjoy 12 to 15 years with your cocker spaniel - this is the cocker spaniel’s average life expectancy.

A Cocker Spaniel that is well cared for will provide many years of enjoyment and true companionship for the entire family. By carefully checking your dog on a regular basis you will be able to easily spot any thing out of the norm in order to take corrective action. Best time to check your dog is while grooming. The daily brushing is good place to start.