Separation anxiety is common- A vast majority of dogs of all breeds suffer anxiety when left alone, a Cocker is no exception. Separation anxiety could result in destructive chewing, loud continuous barking or "accidents" on your carpet or furniture. Crating a dog for long hours every day is not a solution. Check out our page on separation anxiety to learn what you can do to end these destructive behaviors.
Maintenance Needs-Regular grooming, ie., brushing and clipping, etc. is necessary to keep this dog's coat from becoming matted. Regular attention should also be given to nails, teeth, ears and pads.
Housebreaking difficulties- Small breed dogs are among the hardest dogs to housebreak. You'll need to be very patient and probably clean up several messes in the process of housebreaking this breed. We highly recommend the positive training techniques outlined on our dog training page.
Puppy Mill Prone- Cockers continue to grow in popularity. Because of this, they are a common breed in puppy mills and the suffering there is unfathomable. Rescue groups work tirelessly to save these dogs. Please consider the benefits of adopting a Cocker Spaniel puppy instead of buying one. We are sure there is a Cocker Spaniel near you in need of your kindness.
Learn more about puppy mills by reading our FAQ page... Then spread the word to help put an end to them.
Excitability and Behavioral Issues- Cocker Spaniels are a popular family pet. As the demand increases, puppy mills focus on quantity with no regard for health or temperament. But there are ways to help ensure you get a healthy dog with a good disposition. Our FAQ page will tell you how.
Ear Problems- Cocker Spaniels are well known to have a variety of ear problems. Deafness is not uncommon, nor is infection which can lead to deafness. Cockers commonly need to have their ears sewn shut due to recurring infections.
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia- With this disease (which cockers are predisposed to), the body attacks it's own red blood cells. Some symptoms include weakness and lethargy, but also be aware of jaundice (a yellowing of the skin, gums and eyes) or paleness in the gums and eyelids.
Hypothyroidism- A condition of the thyroid gland which causes weight gain, hair loss and scaly skin. Autoimmune Thyroiditis is also prevalent among this breed.
Skin Problems- Primary Seborrhea is also commonly seen with this particular breed, among others. This skin condition is caused by overproduction of skin cells including sebaceous (oil) cells. The skin on affected dogs appears greasy and scaly, particularly the midsection and ears and can be recognized by a foul odor.
Liver Disease Chronic hepatitis is a diagnosis for several diseases which affect the liver. A predisposition to Chronic Hepatitis exists among American cocker spaniels.
Patellar Luxation is a joint condition in which kneecaps pop in and out of place. This is a common complication among many small breed dogs.
Hip Dysplasia is a developmental subluxation of the hip joints which can eventually lead to arthritis and/or lameness. It's causes are genetic as well as environmental. A secondary concern of this affliction is osteoarthritis.
The use of pet steps has been shown to significantly reduce the wear and tear on joints.
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If you're looking to share your home with a dog and you've got a soft spot for an animal in need, check into volunteering at a rescue... or better yet, become a foster parent for a dog in need of a temporary home. There are countless dogs in immediate need of someone like you who cares.
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We hope you've found this page helpful in your search for your next best friend.
If you haven't done so yet, we urge you to read our FAQ page to learn how to find a reputable breeder... and why should NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store.