AMERICAN COKER SPANIEL
The American Cocker Spaniel is the smallest representative of hunting dogs, which in our time is bred only as a pet. He is characterized by special cheerfulness, kind and calm character, the desire for good relations with other students of the owner. This dog with a cute appearance and obedient character often takes part in exhibitions and shows.
The American Cocker Spaniel appeared as a result of crossing the English and American Spaniels at the end of the 19th century.For a long time spaniels were not divided into separate breeds, however, the desire to develop different qualities in them required differentiation. The difference between the American and the English namesake is in the explosive temperament and radiance of a light character. The breed that was bred was noted for its ease of care and training, and is therefore still popular.
American cocker spaniels have a strong physique and a special way of moving. They walk freely with their heads held high – the outward refinement of the gait is also of utilitarian significance: in this way the dog manages to smell the smell from afar and easily approach the bird on the hunt. The tip of the long ear reaches the nose, the back is even, does not bend. The hair on the back is short and dark, the sides of the body and legs cover long smooth strands. Color monophonic or several shades of fawn, chocolate, black.
Character and temperament
These dogs have an active temperament, especially at a young age. With loneliness, they are able to put up only for a short time. Kind and friendly cocker spaniels require a lot of attention from the person and close communication with him. They are good for children (including very small ones), as well as for pets. There are known examples of the friendship of a cocker spaniel with a cat; he will be happy to play with other dogs. If you leave the cocker spaniel at home alone for a long time, then you will not be able to get rid of the excessive barking of your pet.
Health and Disease
American cocker spaniels are predisposed to diseases of the eyes and musculoskeletal system. The most common is hip dysplasia. They may suffer from urolithiasis and chronic hepatitis, epilepsy and hypothyroidism. These dogs have food allergies and skin diseases, in particular, seborrhea. Long hanging ears are a well-known prerequisite for the development of otitis.
Maintenance and care
In care, the American Cocker Spaniel resembles a small child. It is necessary to bathe it often (this is a pleasant process, because the dog loves water) and daily comb long hair, which quickly tangles. You will have to regularly brush your pet’s teeth and cut its nails, monitor the cleanliness of the eyes and, especially, the ears. In addition to daily walks with games, it is advisable to entrust the dog with a specific job. Teach her to bring your phone or slippers, and the Cocker Spaniel will never be bored.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a very intelligent and obedient dog, so his training will not be difficult for you. This breed was created as an ideal assistant in the hunt, so the American Spaniel can be trained for hunting service: he has an active temperament and a delicate sense of smell. If you get a dog for home or as a friend for children, train her for simple services. Close emotional connection with the owner and the possibility of communicating with him helps to unleash the potential of this capable pupil.
A characteristic feature in the nutrition of spaniels is a high appetite and omnivorous. If the pet refuses the dish, and you offer him something else, the dog will quickly become accustomed to legibility and will manipulate you. After a meal, the American Cocker Spaniel should have a two-hour rest, so feed him only after a walk. Keep track of the feeding schedule, because snacks often lead to obesity. These dogs are prone to being overweight, which can cause the back to sag.