One of the most appealing things about Cocker Spaniels is their appearance. Their coat is attractive, whether natural or clipped, and they are experts at making the "puppy-dog face" with their imploring, soul-searching eyes. Cockers are relatively small dogs (the American Kennel Club states that males should stand 15 inches at the withers, while females should stand 14), but they can be surprisingly muscular. They are sturdy but still light enough to be picked up when necessary.
Cockers are known to be cheerful and sweet dogs, always ready for some fun. They love to play, with some even entering (and winning!) agility competitions. They are intelligent, quick learners, and often easy to train. Cocker Spaniels are naturally curious and desire to be included in everything that goes on around them. It is rare for them to not attempt to join in on any and every activity.
Cocker Spaniels require a moderate amount of exercise, which can mean some indoor or outdoor playtime or even just a walk around the neighborhood. Exercise is a great asset to maintaining your Cocker's health, and it can also be a detriment to problem behaviors. Dogs that get an adequate amount of exercise are less likely to act out in negative ways.
When bred and trained properly, Cockers make wonderful family pets. They truly adore children, as well as all other members of the household. A Cocker Spaniel can be a loving, intelligent, sweet pet that will bring joy and laughter to your life for many, many years!
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