Cocker Spaniel Adaptability to Apartment Life, Courtesy to Ancestral Hunting Genes
The Cocker Spaniel is a small dog with seemingly limitless energy, sporty attitude and cuddly behavior. Though originally bred from a hunting dog, that is to say his ancestors were hunting dogs, he is now mostly a companion dog. They still retain some of their ancestral hunting gene legacy, which is why they’re cuddly and playful in the first place.
Hunting dogs have always been characterized by friendly attitude towards people, special skill sets and the ability to handle any situation thrown at them. Their attitude makes them loyal companions to their owners, as well as making them easily trainable in the right circumstances.
Some hunting dogs, like the Golden Retriever, have very poor guarding and watchdog instincts as they would rather befriend anyone rather than react aggressively.
How is Cocker Spaniel like to live with?
The Cocker Spaniel is similar to the Golden Retriever in many ways. They have the same friendly attitude towards strangers, they like to be around people and they want to be in the center of attention.
This dog is a generally happy and lively dog. He’s great with children because the breed is not dominant but quite obedient and eager to please. The Cocker Spaniel also behaves well with other pets, such as other dogs and even cats. You might find him and the cat sleeping in the same cozy bed.
This dog type is willing to accept other animals inside his space, and in fact may actually react shyly when confronted. He needs plenty of opportunities to socialize in order to prevent this kind of behavior. Be sure to let him meet people, sniff new places and interact with other animals.
Can a Cocker Spaniel adapt to apartment life?
If you haven’t figured by now, the Cocker Spaniel is amazingly adaptable. He will change his behavior according to the families activity level. If you are an active jogger, he will gladly keep up the pace. And if you’re a couch potato yourself, expect him to become one too.
Cocker Spaniels are great apartment dogs in every respect. They can stand alone for moderate periods of time provided their exercise requirements are met. The best companions for them are both apartment dwellers and outdoorsy types of people.
Training a Cocker Spaniel to be happy
You don’t need to train him to be happy, he’s happy anyway. You do need to channel their energy, especially during puppyhood. They are very active when young and need adequate activity.
A walk through the park, or a jog, if sufficient on a daily basis. Keep in mind that even if you have a fairly inactive dog he can become destructive if this inactivity goes on for too long. At least take him out and play with him every once in awhile.
Ideally they like moderately-high amounts of exercise best but their remarkable adaptability gives you great flexibility. Cocker Spaniels are easy to train because they are solely obedient and have a strong desire to please. The only thing they need special attention in is early socialization. Without it the dog can be frightened of a toy mouse.
Coat and maintenance care for a Cocker Spaniel
They have a distinguishing coat that looks like a dome. Their hair can vary in length but will always have a silky, flat hair that is surprisingly easy to groom. They do need grooming daily, and you should regularly check their ears as well.
All they need is a quick 5-minute grooming routine and they’re good to go. Unlike many other breeds they can tolerate bathing as often as it please you and they actually seem to enjoy it.
Take close care of their eyes, as they need to be cleaned with a water dampened piece of clothing. Don’t use any kind of soap or other product unless specifically authorized by your veterinarian. Lastly, trim their nails when you deem necessary and brush their teeth every other day to avoid nasty problems.
A healthy Cocker Spaniel can live up to 15 years. They will keep your companionship for a long time and will become irreplaceable family members to you. You won’t be able to conceive a day without your Cocker Spaniel.
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