English Cocker Spaniel Grooming

English Cocker Spaniel Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 12.5 – 14.5kg (28 – 32lbs).
Female – 12 – 14.5kg (26 – 32lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 39 – 41cm (15 – 16in).
Female – 38 – 40.5cm (15 – 16in).

Coat:
Combination – a long, flowing coat mixed with a short, smooth coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
6 puppies.

English Cocker Spaniel Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
When you buy this dog you will know that English Cocker Spaniel grooming can be quite a tough job.  Their coats are quite high maintenance so Cocker Spaniel grooming can, and should, take some time.  Their coat needs regular brushing to remove mats and tangles, as well as loose and dead hairs.  This should be done with a slicker brush every three days or so to ensure no dirt or debris has become trapped and that your Spaniel has a clean coat.  This should be the first step in your English Cocker Spaniel grooming routine.

As a rule, English Cocker Spaniel grooming will involve regular clipping.  Before any clipping is undertaken you should brush the coat (as mentioned above) and bathe the dog if you wish to, using a suitable dog shampoo.  The next stage in Cocker Spaniel care is clipping the fur.  Starting at the top, use a number 10 blade for the head and ears then switch to a number 5 or 7 blade for the body.  Start your grooming at the throat and clip down to the breastbone, ensuring an even cut all round.  Then move on to the neck, back chest and loin areas, followed by the genitals and anus.  This stage of your English Cocker Spaniel grooming is nearly complete, but you should first trim the legs using either the same blade or switching to a longer number 3 or 4 blade.

One more essential aspect of English Cocker Spaniel grooming is taking care of its ears.  The long ears lie close to the body and can trap moisture and dirt.  Therefore it is important that your Spaniel care routine includes a daily check of the ears.  If you notice any signs of redness and infection you should seek a professional opinion but daily care can be done at home.  Ensure your dog’s ears are clean using some grooming wipes and remove any foreign objects.  This should be done on a daily basis if possible and will form an integral part of your English Cocker Spaniel grooming schedule.

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