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.