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10 Things That Happen When You Get A #CockerSpaniel
  • May 19, 2017
  • Posted by editor
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From the moment you gazed into that fuzzy little face, you knew your life was about to change. But there’s some things that nobody tells you about loving a Cocker Spaniel.

1. You forget what it’s like to eat alone.

Cocker Spaniels love food, and yours is no exception. Your pup could be in a deep sleep, but they’re instantly snap awake if they hear the crinkle of a cheese wrapper. A polite Cocker won’t bark or beg at mealtimes because they don’t have to – those big, sad brown eyes are enough to make you give up a bite of any yummy food. Just be careful – Cockers are prone to weight gain and pancreatitis.

2. Your doorbell becomes redundant.

Your Cocker Spaniel alerts you to visitors (and the mailman, delivery guy, squirrels…) before they can ring the doorbell. While this behavior can be annoying, it’s part of a Cocker’s natural temperament. Your pup is always on alert and enjoys having a useful role as the protector of your home. Your little pup has a surprisingly big bark – making intruders think you’ve got a rottweiler behind your door!

3. You develop an ear strategy.

A Cocker’s ears are long and covered in those trademark curls. The beauty comes with a price, though. Your Cocker Spaniel is prone to ear infections, and may pick up dirt and debris when you go on walks through wooded areas. They may also dip into their water bowl, creating puddles after every drink. You may choose to fit your pup with a snood to protect their ears. Your groomer can also trim the fur to keep the ears from being too heavy. Whatever you do to protect those ears, it’s so worth it – those gorgeous locks are what make a Cocker Spaniel so charming!

4. You learn to keep your mouth closed.

A Cocker Spaniel is a passionate kisser, and will go French without warning! You’ll quickly learn to dodge that sloppy tongue, or turn your chin up to avoid a big kiss on the lips. Cocker puppies are the biggest kissers; some grow out of it, but most Cockers will always be kissy!

5. You have a “forever puppy.”

Most dogs mature as they get older, and slow down each year. Not a true Cocker Spaniel! Cockers are rambunctious into their adult lives, and always ready for any opportunity to play. Even senior Cocker Spaniels have that puppylike spark in their eyes.

6. Your kids are never bored.

Human children can barely keep up with an active Cocker Spaniel. Whether it’s an improvised game of hide and seek or a tough round of tug, there’s always something to do when you have a Cocker. Your pup will quickly become one of the kids, forever devoted to their human brothers and sisters.

7. You’re on a first name basis with the groomer.

Cocker Spaniels need regular visits to the groomer to keep their thick, wavy coat free of mats. Generally, you’ll need to make an appointment every 4-6 weeks, though you could get away with going just a few times a year if you learn to do light grooming at home. Your Cocker’s haircuts might be more expensive than your own, but it’s wonderful to have a sweetly-scented, freshly groomed pup.

8. You’re still searching for the perfect squeaky toy.

There’s nothing a Cocker Spaniel loves more than ripping up new toys until they extract the squeaker and destroy it. It’s extremely difficult to find a toy that’s both sturdy enough to last more than few minutes, yet fun enough to get your dog’s attention. You seem to pick up a new toy almost every time you go shopping, yet your Cocker never seems to have enough toys to fill their toy box. But that’s okay – you love surprising your pup with something new!

9. Your heating bill has never been lower.

When it’s cold, there’s nothing you love more than cuddling with your Cocker, or just letting them nap at your feet while you work or watch TV. That warm, soft belly is all you need to be cozy on the coldest winter night. And that hot, slight-stinky breath in your ear is your personal version of heaven.

10. You’ve never felt more loved.

If you’re lucky enough to earn the love of a Cocker Spaniel, you’ll feel it. From those sloppy “good morning” kisses to that content sigh at night, a Cocker makes you feel loved all day long.

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10 Things Happen When You Get A #CockerSpaniel


  1. Jules
    On August 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm, Jules said:

    Every one is true!

  2. Mari Larsen
    On December 13, 2017 at 7:37 pm, Mari Larsen said:

    So true and THANK you for this pin! The 9-year young senior all black Cocker I adopted from the Humane Society rescued ME- with all of the above sweet truisms. Furever puppy! I named him Sammy (Davis, Jr.)!

  3. Judy
    On May 10, 2018 at 2:47 am, Judy said:

    I have a female named Ella Mae. She is all black with white on her chest and chin. She is very vocal and she is a very good watch dog. Loves her walks and of course food! She is my second one . I just think they are such a beautiful breed. Their fur like velvet.

  4. Julia Ritchie
    On June 12, 2018 at 5:34 pm, Julia Ritchie said:

    I have my second cocker and just love their personalities–they are fun loving, very curious, full of energy, nosey, love their humans, like following you around the house even to the bathroom and are very vocal. Can’t imagine the way life was without them

  5. Pete Almberg
    On June 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm, Pete Almberg said:

    You have a new squirrel outlook!

  6. Richard Lynema
    On June 13, 2018 at 4:13 am, Richard Lynema said:

    We got our Cocker, Zoey, a year and a half ago. She is red with white on her belly and nose. We also have a cockapoo Wendy. All 10 items above is so true! Her boundless energy and playfulness is so fun. She is very curious so we let her check things out while keeping her safe. She loves adventures outside like walks, dog parks and meeting new friends. Our favorite personality trait is when she plays “great white hunter.” When the wind blows she will chase anything flying, especially leaves and dandelion fuzz. She is very cuddly, kissy, loving and loyal.

  7. Jean Nunez
    On June 14, 2018 at 2:02 am, Jean Nunez said:

    Cocker Spaniels are WONDERFUL! My husband and I have had 4, and though all cockers are as described in the site description, they are absolutely unique individuals with their own personalities. We’ve had two females and two males over the years, and each has been incredibly sweet, affectionate, loyal, and an absolute treasure. Great companion pups! Our family will never feel complete without a cocker.

  8. Jeanne Fitzgerald
    On July 28, 2018 at 1:52 am, Jeanne Fitzgerald said:

    I have a,cocker spaniel Her name is Brandy she is my First cocker spaniel Love so much She makes,me happy every day she Loves playing and taking walks and takes naps with me and sleeps with me every night she Loves me too

  9. Marina
    On August 20, 2018 at 6:01 pm, Marina said:

    This put such a smile on my face. Every single point is 100% accurate! I love my spaniel and wouldn’t change her for the world.

  10. C lilly
    On August 26, 2018 at 7:56 pm, C lilly said:

    There is no cuter puppy than a Cocker Spaniel puppy. My husband and I have had three. Two were rescues and one was from a breeder in Montana. He was the only one that we got as a puppy. Now, my husband is deceased and my baby girl Molly is my constant companion. And yes they follow you all over the house. She gives me puppy kisses all the time.

  11. Valerie Brown
    On October 11, 2018 at 1:50 am, Valerie Brown said:

    We have a tri-colored Cocker Spaniel named Ben. He’s mostly black & white with brown eyebrows, brown around his tail & has some brown “freckles” on his face. He is our 4th Cocker. We love the breed for all the reasons you stated, but he’s the first Cocker we’ve had that loves to tear up his toys. You’re right…he loves to get the squeaker out, so we’re careful to take it before he swallows it! When he sees me in the morning, the first thing he does is wiggle his butt off….then goes & gets one of his toys in his mouth. They love their routines, so we try to keep them for him. He loves the neighborhood children, especially when they challenge him to a race. He even sits on the driveway in the direction of their house in hopes they’ll come out & play. Life with this loving animal is the best!

  12. Alex
    On November 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm, Alex said:

    My cocker is a 6 yr old blue roan and she actually hugs me. She is the best girl ever and I truly adore her. All your points are true. Cockers are the sweetest, most loving dogs ever

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