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Tibetan Terrier

An attractive, small/medium-sized dog, the Tibetan Terrier has a long, straight or wavy coat that comes in any colour except chocolate/liver. Square-shaped and sturdy, adult dogs stand at 36-41cm, and females are slightly smaller. The weight range is 8-14kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'd feel more comfortable keeping training to the basics
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For one to two hours a day
A smaller dog would suit me best
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I can fit in daily grooming sessions
-
Very vocal
Yes - Barks and alerts
No
Yes
Tibetan Terrier

Origin

He might be called a Tibetan Terrier, but this dog has never been used in the traditional Terrier breed role of going to ground after prey. Instead the Tibetan Terrier dog breed, or TT, was a herding dog, and, when necessary, guard. Kept in monasteries and a companion to the monks, he was known as The Holy Dog of Tibet and reached the attention of the west when, in 1922, a TT puppy was given to Dr Agnes Greig, a British doctor working in India, as thanks for saving a Tibetan woman's life.

Personality

A good-natured, happy and outgoing dog, the Tibetan Terrier is alert and game. He is naturally reserved with strangers but loyal and affectionate to his loved ones. A fun-loving companion, Tibetan Terriers are bouncy, larger-than-life characters and can make a super family dog.

Health

The Tibetan Terrier is generally a healthy breed. As with many breeds, they can sometimes suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. Like many small breeds, they can also suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas).

Exercise

A lively dog, this Tibetan dog breed enjoys his exercise and needs about an hour a day, though he will happily accept more if it's offered. He takes well to training and enjoys spending quality time with his family, and so loves taking part in fun canine hobbies. As with any long-coated dog, do check him over after a walk, to remove any twigs or leaves that might have been swept up along the way!

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

A non-shedding breed, the Tibetan Terrier needs his thick, long, doublecoat to be brushed and combed through at least every other day, to avoid mats from occurring. It should also be checked daily for debris from walks. The coat is often clipped to a shorter, more manageable length for pet owners, though will still need regular brushing or mats will form.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Spanish Water Dog

A medium-sized robust dog with a curly, woolly coat that forms cords when long, the Spanish Water Dog breed is strong and muscular. Adult male dogs are 44-50cm tall and weigh 18-22kg; adult females are 40-46cm and 14-18kg. The coat comes in solid black, white or brown, or black and white or brown and white.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I've got time for grooming every other day
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Spanish Water Dog

Origin

Woolly-coated water dogs like the Spanish Water Dog breed have existed in Europe for several thousands of years, also developing into the Barbet (in France), the Lagotto Romagnolo (in Italy) the Portuguese Water Dog. The Spanish Water Dog may have arrived in Iberia with the Moors, the Romans or with traders, and was used for herding sheep and goats in rugged areas, and for assisting fishermen in coastal areas, retrieving items lost overboard and fetching nets. Today, he does all these things, as well as retrieving waterfowl and being a sniffer dog for the police force.

Personality

A loyal, amenable, even-tempered, happy dog, the Spanish Water Dog will love his whole family, but tends to bond particularly closely with one person within his group. He has natural guarding tendencies and will bark a warning if he feels it necessary.

Health

As with many breeds, the Spanish Water Dog can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

Spanish Water Dogs need at least an hour's exercise a day. This is a versatile dog, capable of herding, retrieving and swimming, he will enjoy most canine hobbies and activities. Do ensure that water areas are safe before walking near them, as he will dive in at the first opportunity. If in doubt, keep him on a lead.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

A natural-looking dog, the Spanish Water Dog's coat grows into cords as it gets longer. These cords are manually separated, to prevent the coat matting into clumps. It is not brushed or combed. The Spanish farmers would shear their dogs every spring, at the same time as doing their sheep, and from this tradition, the Spanish Water Dog is clipped all over, the same length, when the coat gets too long.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Welsh Springer Spaniel

Compact, symmetrical dogs, Welsh Springer Spaniels are medium-sized and built for endurance and hard work. They have a glossy, silky, flat coat with feathering on their extremities, and are a rich red and white colour. Adult males are 48cm in height and females 46cm. They weigh 16-20kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Welsh Springer Spaniel

Origin

Red and white spaniels have existed in Wales since the 1700s. They were found mainly in Wales and the west of England before spreading to the east of England and Scotland where they were used as gundogs and for breeding. The versatile abilities and hunting instincts of the Welsh Springer Spaniel made them prime candidates for worldwide ownership and by the 19th and 20th centuries were exported abroad. Before acceptance into the British Kennel Club in 1902 the Springer Spaniel breed was known as Welsh Cockers.

Personality

Welshie's have all the soft-eyed faithfulness of the other spaniels and are totally devoted to their families. They are high-spirited, good-natured companions. They are people-orientated dogs but can be a bit reserved with strangers. They are family dogs and need company. Easily trained, a Welsh Springer Spaniel often makes a superb obedience dog and working gundog.

Health

The Welsh Springer Spaniel can suffer from hereditary eye diseases and so screening is advised. Hip testing is also recommended as hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can also occur.

Exercise

Welshies need plenty of exercise, over two hours daily for an adult. They love swimming and care must be taken to ensure their safety when water is about. They are ideal candidates for field trials.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

This breed does not need a lot of grooming but the feathering will need regular combing, brushing and trimming – two or three times a week. The ears should be trimmed regularly to prevent infections.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a medium-sized, heavily built, sturdy dog, with rather short and strong legs. They have a wide head and a frowning, quizzical expression. The short, abundant coat is a most attractive colour: rich golden liver, shading to gold at the hair tips. Adult Sussex Spaniels measure 38-41cm and weigh approximately 23kg.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For one to two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Sussex Spaniel

Origin

The Sussex Spaniel dog breed was around in the early 1800s as part of a melange of land spaniels. The main interest in the breed began with Mr Fuller, a Sussex landowner, who kept several spaniel breeds, including Sussex Spaniels. He bred them for working and owned the breed for 50 years until the 1850s. By the time of the Second World War there were few Sussex being bred from and it is thought that after the war only 5 Sussex Spaniels remained. Fortunately the breed has had dedicated followers that have kept the breed alive, though it is still numerically small.

Personality

These happy and adaptable dogs can be very laid back, though it is important that they are introduced regularly to children, dogs, cars etc. until mature. They love hunting and are sometimes more interested in this than anything else when outside, so training when they are young is essential. Time invested in this dog is well worth the effort and the result is a happy and loyal companion.

Health

The Sussex Spaniel is generally a relatively hardy breed, as with many breeds however, they can suffer from hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) and spinal disc disease. They are also prone to ear infections.

Exercise

Sussex Spaniel dogs should not be over exercised when very young. They need stimulation or they easily become bored. Country dogs at heart, Sussex Spaniel adults needs two-plus hours of daily exercise.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food. There have been cases of bloat in this breed. Smaller, more frequent meals can help minimise this risk.

Grooming

As a rule, a brush or comb through is required several times a week. The ears should be kept clean and checked for foreign bodies regularly. The hair around the pads should be trimmed and check between the claws for grass seeds.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Irish Water Spaniel

This is the tallest of all spaniels, with adult male dogs standing at 53-58cm and females at 51-56cm. Adults weigh approximately 20-30kg. A smart, compact dog, he is strong and has an unusual-coloured curly coat that is a dark liver with a hint of purple.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? As little as possible, please!
I've got time for grooming every other day
Yes, I require a hypoallergenic breed
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Irish Water Spaniel

Origin

It's thought that Irish Water Spaniels arrived in Ireland with fishermen from France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. His ancestry is unknown but could well include the Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog and Barbet. He was originally used for hunting, flushing and retrieving water fowl from bogs and rivers – hence his nickname of Bogdog! The first Irish Water Spaniel dog we know of was called Boatswain, born in 1834, who belonged to a Dubliner called Justin McCarthy. All modern Irish Water Spaniels descend from this dog.

Personality

Although he's called a spaniel, he works as a retriever in field trials and is a very versatile gundog. In the home, as a companion, the Irish Water Spaniel dog is a fun and affectionate pet. Aloof with strangers until he gets to know them, he is even-tempered and confident.

Health

As with many breeds, the Irish Water Spaniel can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

An energetic dog, the Irish Water Spaniel breed needs two hours or more of daily exercise. He loves romping about the countryside and is, of course, a 'water baby' – jumping into any pond or even large puddle if he encounters one on a walk!

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The coat, which is covered in tight ringlets, is naturally oily, providing protection for his when he's swimming in cold water. Use a wide-toothed comb to groom the coat once or twice a week, and bath and trim the coat approximately every couple of months. After combing, use a spray to wet the coat to encourage the curls to reform.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Field Spaniel

The noble-looking Field Spaniel is slightly longer than he is tall. He has a gentle expression and a medium/long, thick, glossy coat that has ample feathering (longer hair) on the chest, stomach and backs of the legs. The coat comes in black, liver or roan, with or without tan markings. A medium-sized dog, he is about 46cm tall when fully grown and weighs between 18-25kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
Field Spaniel

Origin

The Field Spaniel dog breed dates back approximately 150 years, to when it was developed from breeding the Cocker Spaniel with the larger Sussex. There is speculation that the Field Spaniel was further refined by adding other regional spaniels, the Irish Water Spaniel, and perhaps even the Basset Hound. They have never enjoyed the wide fan base – as a show and working dog - of the Cocker or Springer, and have survived several dips in popularity over their history. Indeed, they are currently considered a rare, vulnerable breed in the UK.

Personality

The Field Spaniel is an active dog, ideally suited to an outdoors, country life. In the home, he is calmer and more laidback in temperament than some of the other spaniel breeds, and has an affectionate, sociable nature.

Health

The Field Spaniel is generally a hardy breed. As with many breeds, they can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

This country-loving, active dog needs two hours plus of daily exercise. A versatile dog, he will enjoy most activities, provided he's with his family and is being kept occupied mentally and physically

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The medium/long coat is silky to the touch, but is also very practical, being dense and waterproof to protect against the elements and environment when the dog was out working. The coat should be groomed several times a week, paying particular attention to the feathering, which is prone to tangling. Check this dog after a walk and remove any debris from the coat.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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English Springer Spaniel

The English Springer Spaniel is a compact, medium-sized sporting dog with long ears. This dog's expression is alert, kindly and trusting. The coat is straight and medium-length with feathering, and can be black and white, liver and white, or either of these with tan markings. The adult English Springer is about 51cm in height and weighs about 23-25kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm an experienced trainer and comfortable with any breed
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
English Springer Spaniel

Origin

All Spaniels can trace their origins back to the spaniels of Spain. Up until the 1600s all spaniels were considered as being of the same group of dogs. The larger of these were the forefathers of today's English Springer Spaniel dog breed. In 1892 the Kennel Club of Great Britain recognised Cocker and Springer Spaniels as separate breeds even though they sometimes appeared in the same litter. This was soon stopped by the two breed clubs and a standard conformation was made of each breed. Their original purpose was for finding and springing game for the net, falcon or Greyhound also used by the hunters. Nowadays they are used to find, flush and retrieve game for the gun.

Personality

The typical Springer Spaniel is an extrovert by nature, friendly, eager to please and quick to learn. As a rule they make good companions and family dogs, being well behaved and quick to learn and respond. Some of the less well-bred dogs of this breed can be stubborn, timid, or aggressive, but this is the exception not the rule. The show strain of the English Springer Spaniel appear to be calmer and less active than the working strain.

Health

English Springer Spaniels are generally a hardy breed. However, as with many breeds, they can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. A particular type of anaemia is also seen more frequently in the breed.

Exercise

These dogs love the outdoors and are energetic enough to go on all day. A lot of exercise and learning is required to keep this dog content – two-plus hours for is suitable for a fit adult, otherwise behaviour problems can result. They love to be kept involved in all family activities and as such are ideal for a growing family. They will settle happily after adequate exercise.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The body coat of the Springer Spaniel is flat or wavy and of medium length, and the ears, chest, legs, tail and under carriage have moderate feathering. As a result of this feathering some amount of grooming is required. Some trimming will be necessary around the head, feet and ears. Extra grooming is required especially after a day out in the undergrowth, as the coat can and will pick up all sorts of twigs and grass.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniels are medium-sized, well-balanced dogs. Their coats are flat and silky with plenty of feathering on the front legs. Cocker Spaniels come in a multitude of different colours and combinations, including solid colours of black, red, orange and brown, combinations of black with white, liver with white, red and white, blue roan, orange roans, black roans, particolours and tricolours. Adult males measure 39-41cm and adult females 38-39cm. They weigh about 13-14.5kg.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel

Origin

The English Cocker Spaniel dog breed is one of the oldest types of land spaniel. Their origins can be traced back to 14th century Spain. Prior to the 1600s all types of spaniels were categorised together; the larger ones being used to spring game and the smaller ones to flush out woodcock. Hence the names Springer and Cocker were derived. In 1892, the Kennel Club of Great Britain differentiated the two breeds separately. On the other side of the Atlantic, Americans were using the same breeding stock to develop a slightly different Cocker, now known as the American Cocker Spaniel.

Personality

These busy, friendly dogs thrive on human companionship, wanting nothing more than to please their owners. They are ideal pets where there are children about and they get on well with other household animals. Cocker Spaniels are a very happy breed, constantly wagging their tails and bringing 'presents' to one and all. They are easily trained, being eager to learn and to please.

Health

One of the most common problems encountered in the English Cocker Spaniel is recurrent ear infections, due to their large ear flaps. As with many breeds, they can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

These dogs adapt effortlessly to the family situation but do remember they are gundogs and, as such, should be given a reasonable amount of exercise – at least an hour a day, preferably more. They love to swim so take care when water is in the vicinity to ensure their safety. Allow them time off the lead to play and run off their energy.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

Their coats must be brushed several times a week and their ears checked regularly, to ensure they are clean and healthy. They should be stripped out 3 or 4 times a year by a professional groomer. It is possible, however, to learn how to do this yourself.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber Spaniel is a large, strong dog, who is heavier and more substantial than the other spaniel breeds. When fully grown, he stands around 45-50cm tall and adult dogs weigh 29.5-34kg and females 25-29.5kg. The abundant, silky coat comes in white with lemon or orange markings, and the muzzle is freckled.

I've looked after dogs before, so I have some experience
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to go on active walks with my dog
For an hour a day
A medium size dog works for me
-
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I prefer quiet dogs that only bark from time to time
No
Yes
Yes
Clumber Spaniel

Origin

It's long been believed that the Clumber Spaniel is a French breed, brought to the UK over two centuries ago by the Duke of Noailles who, keen to keep his dogs safe in the revolution, gave his kennel of prized spaniels to the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. There is little evidence to fully support this theory and it's now thought that the Clumber Spaniel dog breed is very much a British creation, developed from various hunting spaniels and other breeds.

Personality

A little more reserved than some spaniels, the Clumber Spaniel breed is good-natured, and they make devoted family dogs - though be prepared for some slobber! He can show a stubborn streak, but usually loves to please, so makes a rewarding pupil when training, provided he has the right motivation.

Health

As with many breeds, the Clumber Spaniel can suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

This breed is renowned for its excellent nose – something he will happily follow when out on a walk! For this reason, a reliable recall is essential for off-lead exercise. He is slower than the other spaniel breeds, and will be happy with about an hour's exercise a day.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs.

Grooming

The abundant coat is silky and straight, and there is longer hair (feathering) on the legs and chest that will tangle if neglected. The feet should be trimmed to prevent hair knotting, and the ears should be checked regularly.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel dog breed has its own distinct look from its English Cocker cousin, with a rounder skull and more profuse, glamorous coat. He weighs approximately 11kg when fully grown, and adult males measure 37-39cm in height, and females 34-37cm. The coat comes in a range of colours and combinations, with specific markings. See the breed standard for full details.

No, this will be my first dog and I am ready to learn!
I'm happy with breeds that may need some training
I'd like to keep super fit together with vigorous walks
For more than two hours a day
A medium size dog works for me
Dog drool? I can tolerate some.
I've got time for grooming every other day
-
I love dogs that are chatty and vocal
No
No
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel

Origin

The first Cocker Spaniel in America is said to have arrived with the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower in 1620. Settlers in subsequent centuries brought more with them to help explore and exploit the country's wildernesses. American Cockers were developed from the English Cocker dog breed in the 19th century, to retrieve quail and woodcock. They still retain some of their hunting instincts, but most are now commonly found in the show ring or as companions.

Personality

Merry is a word often used to describe this breed. He should be equable, confident and cheerful. Early, thorough socialisation is recommended to ensure he doesn't grow up to be fearful of strangers or novelty. He may not be as large as many gundogs, but this intelligent dog likes being busy and enjoys playing games and spending time with his family. He usually dislikes being left alone for long periods of time.

Health

One of the most common problems encountered in the American Cocker Spaniel dog breed is recurrent ear infections, due to their large ear flaps. As with many breeds, they can suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas), various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

The American Cocker dog breed ideally needs around two hours a day to exercise his body and mind. He enjoys retrieve games and often likes swimming in safe water. Do check his coat and ears after a walk to remove any grass seeds, twigs or other debris that might have been picked up.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The American Cocker dog breed's coat is glamorous – and high-maintenance. It is short and fine on the head, medium length on the body, but longer on the ears, chest, tummy and legs (known as feathering). The coat should be silky, flat or slightly wavy. Daily grooming is needed, together with regular trimming. Check ears, eyes, lip folds and feet daily.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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