This gorgeous puppy has the longest and silkiest ears which at the moment are a bit of a tripping hazard! He doesn’t mind though because there is so much to explore and fun to be had. He loves running around and chasing sticks, a testament to his sporting ancestry, but he also adores snuggling up with his human for a good old belly rub.
This pup is part of a group of hunting dogs with very specific skills. The cocker spaniel is the smaller of the spaniels and is very good at hunting woodcock birds, hence the name cocker. These pups were not like the retrievers who brought back the hunters game but instead chased the game towards the hunters. Even though their roots developed in Britain who began breeding for the purpose of hunting, they can be traced all the way back to Spain.
These beautiful dogs are perfectly happy to hang up their hunting hats and become a member of the family. They are very low maintenance with a lovely personality, very affectionate and eager to please. They flourish on positive reinforcement and need a loving trainer, no harsh methods as this can cause them anxiety. Just like any dog that has been bred for sporting purposes, these pups need a lot of exercise and a good, long walk every day. As a working dog, they are very easy to train and seem to instinctively know what to do!
These lovely dogs have been a part of popular culture for a long time, featuring in classic novels such as Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ and starring as the main character in ‘Flush: A Biography’ by Virginia Woolf. They also are a favourite of royals with Prince William and Kate owning a lovely English cocker spaniel named Lupo.
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