English Cocker Spaniel Grooming
English Cocker Spaniel Breed Profile
Male 12.5 14.5kg (28 32lbs).
Female 12 14.5kg (26 32lbs).
Male 39 41cm (15 16in).
Female 38 40.5cm (15 16in).
Average Life Span:
12 15 years.
Average Litter Size:
English Cocker Spaniel Fast Facts
|Ease To Train|
|Behaviour Around Children|
|Relationship With Other Pets|
|Loyalty To Owner|
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.
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.
Depending on your dogs 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.
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.
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 dont 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.
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 dogs 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.