Do Cocker Spaniel's Make Good Pets for Children?


Among the endearing traits of the Cocker Spaniel is that they are cheerful, sweet, sensitive, respectful, content, gentle, trusting, intelligent, lively, playful and devoted.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is an outstanding companion for children.

Lifespan and Weight

The typical lifespan of the Cocker Spaniel is around 12 to 15 years. Nevertheless, using the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been recognized to reside as much as 20 years as well as longer. The common weight of this breed of dog is about 15 to 30 lbs.

How Often Do Spaniel's get sick...?

Frequent Illnesses

Probably the most common illnesses and medical circumstances related to this breed of dog include but usually are not restricted to cataracts, glaucoma and patellar luxation.

The patella (/pəˈtɛlə/), also known as the kneecap, is a thick, circular-triangular bone which articulates with the femur (thigh bone) and covers and protects the anterior articular surface of the knee joint. The patella is found in many tetrapods, such as mice, cats and birds, but not in whales, or most reptiles.

In humans, the patella is the largest sesamoid bone in the body. Babies are born with a patella of soft cartilage which begins to ossify into bone at about three years of age.

Some minor concerns are hip dysplasia, ectropion, entropion, PRA, allergies, seborrhea, lip fold pyoderma, otitis externa, liver disease, urolithiasis, prolapse of nictitans gland, CHF, phosphofructokinase deficiency, and cardiomyopathy. Occasionally seen are gastric torsion and elbow dysplasia. Also IMHA (also generally known as Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia).

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking might be carried out with patience on aspect of the owner. Shedding is common, brush every day. Grooming is usually labor intensive.

Ideal Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not appropriate for the frequent traveler. Finest Owner has a yard to play in and plenty of appreciate and attention to give.

Where to purchase

The very best areas to purchase this breed of dog are from trustworthy breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Common Expense

You can actually expect to pay an common of around $700 or more per dog. Routine veterinary care really should be included inside your budget.

Aggression Element

Not commonly aggressive unless abused or neglected.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog has a tendency towards obsessive barking which is the main cause that they're not appropriate for apartment environments. 

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