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Cocker Spaniels

Breed information & advice

Spaniels are known for their soft temperaments and loving personalities so make for perfect family pets. When you commit to a Cocker Spaniel, it is important you devote the right amount of time and attention to them as they are extremely intelligent, social animals. Cocker Spaniels are also famous for their love of water, so when you’re heading to the great outdoors make sure you bring a towel!

Due to their smaller size, exercising a Cocker Spaniel isn’t particularly tenuous. All dogs need daily exercise to stay healthy, so make sure your spaniel has at least one brisk walk a day. Spaniels love water so going to an area where they can paddle will great provide entertainment. As with all breeds, make sure your pet gets a balanced diet as well as lots of exercise.

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Recommended exercise & nutrition

Due to their smaller size, exercising a Cocker Spaniel isn’t particularly tenuous. All dogs need exercise to stay healthy, so make sure your spaniel has at least one brisk walk a day where they can safely explore their surroundings. Spaniels love water so going to an area where they can paddle will great provide entertainment.

As Cocker Spaniels are active and playful, it is a good idea to feed them a diet that is higher in protein as well as plenty of fresh, clean water. As with all breeds, make sure your pet gets a balanced diet as well as lots of exercise.

Lots of playtime!

Cocker Spaniels love playing games with their owners as often as possible to keep their tails wagging.

Common health problems & illnesses

Your Cocker Spaniel should live a long and happy life as long as they’re cared for properly. However, it is important to make sure that you look out for any symptoms of common health conditions.

Occasionally, spaniels can suffer from eye issues such as retinal atrophy, a late onset condition which can eventually lead to blindness in elderly dogs. This is usually hereditary but can also be caused by an inability to process Vitamin E. Glaucoma and cataracts are also known to affect Cocker Spaniels.

A Cocker Spaniel’s floppy ears can lead to deafness if not groomed properly. Ear infections are common in dogs with floppy ears and if left untreated can lead to loss of hearing in older dogs.

Autoimmune disease can affect dogs as well as humans, so it important to look out for the warning signs in your dog. This can include fatigue, pale gums and a swollen abdomen. Treatment can usually help alleviate symptoms and ease any pain your dog is in. However, if left untreated it can go on to cause more serious issues for your Cocker Spaniel.

A common condition amongst Cocker Spaniels is skin allergies. Parasites, pollen and diet can trigger a reaction from your dog. Try to identify any allergies as soon as possible so that you can treat them accordingly.

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