The cocker spaniel has gained a reputation for being easy to train, eager to please and always happy - even gaining the nickname 'merry cocker'. If you're thinking of buying a cocker spaniel puppy, find out more about them on this page.
About cocker spaniels
Originally thought to have been called 'cocking spaniels', cocker spaniels (or 'cockers') gained their name from their job flushing woodcock for hunters. Their small size made them ideal for scaring ground-dwelling birds out of the hedgerows.
Despite the nickname, every cocker spaniel has its own personality, which will be formed as much by its environment and upbringing as its parentage. Even the 'merry cocker' will be unhappy if it's not given everything it needs to be happy and healthy, such as space and opportunity to play.
Buying a cocker spaniel puppy
Training: every puppy requires regular ongoing training and, despite their reputation for being easy to train, every cocker spaniel puppy is unique and will learn at his or her own pace.
Regular walks: like any breed, without regular walks and enough to do, your cocker spaniel puppy could become bored and develop behavioural problems, such as destructive behaviour.
Before buying: make sure the cocker spaniel puppy you choose isn't suffering from any inherited diseases and comes from a reputable breeder. Download the RSPCA/AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack today.
You might also want to consider getting pet insurance to help with any unexpected costs while caring for your puppy.
Adopt a cocker spaniel from the RSPCA
Alternatively, why not take a look at the cocker spaniels in our care? Before going to a new home, all our dogs are:
- are microchipped,
- vaccinated (where appropriate),
- neutered (where possible),
- given a health check
- come with six weeks' free pet insurance from More Than.
When searching for dogs in our care, you can choose to filter by breed and age, and if none are suitable for your family, you can sign up for email alerts so you're the first to hear about any new arrivals.