American Cocker Spaniel: owners reviews, photos WikiPet.ru
Lilia Nemogay, owner of the American Cocker Spaniel Catty breed dog, 13 years old.
The little soft puppy was my husband’s birthday present. We only got married then, moved to our apartment and decided to get a dog. Why did you choose this particular breed? My husband’s sister had such a dog at that time. We really liked her, because she was always funny, playful, completely non-aggressive.
Owner's observations: It seems to me that all cockers are very lurid, pleasant to the touch.
I remember the breeders had four puppies: two girls and two boys. We wanted a red or fawn girl. This was one - the most stout and thickest. So I did not have to choose. Sister was black.
Since my husband and I were inexperienced dog breeders, we talked for a long time with the breeder Lyudmila. Thank you for her advice and help. Under her leadership, Catti was prepared to participate in exhibitions.
Catti is a favorite home champion
Our favorite took part in 2 shows: in 2005, she took 2nd place at the Republican Dog Show of all breeds, and also took part in the Cocker Show 2007 Championship of American Cocker Spaniels. From this contest, we still have a commemorative medal.
It’s difficult to prepare for cocker spaniel shows. The main problem is with wool. They should have a model haircut. Wool should be shaved from the neck, it is allowed to cut from the back. Be sure to leave a long coat on the legs and ears. All this must be constantly monitored. Moreover, it is difficult to care for the hair of cockers at any time of the year. Especially hard in the fall, in the rainy season. After each walk, the paws must be thoroughly washed, dried, combed. In summer, spines, dry grass, twig sticks cling.
Owner's Observations: The long hair of American Cocker Spaniels needs daily care. Today combed out the dog, tomorrow - start over! Slightly launched - trouble. It is almost impossible to cope with tricks.
Over time, Catti from a show dog turned into just a favorite. Now shear her for convenience “under the bobby”, briefly, about four times a year. In winter, leave the coat longer so that the dog is not cold. We are guided by the weather.
Puppies of American Cocker Spaniels are funny, playful, very unhappy
Catti was taken very small, she was only a month old. I then had a long, long robe on the floor, and the puppy hid under it all the time. So we moved together.
At night she howled. We honestly taught her to sleep on the spot. And laid, and lulled, and stroked ...
Observations of the owner: The dog was taught to sleep on the spot exactly until the moment when she learned to jump onto the bed.
Joint torment did not last long, not few - several months. But we tried hard to teach her to sleep separately. In order not to rise 20 times a night, they pulled the puppy's place to the bed and lowered his hand. So the baby fell asleep in an embrace with a hand. Now our old woman is sleeping at our feet.
Long accustomed to the street. After a long period of vaccinations, the dog still could not understand what they want from her. On the street she enjoyed walking, running, jumping, having fun. And at home she did all her business. But we survived it. Now the dog knows what the street is for. True, sometimes puddles happen: either from excessive joy, or fear.
Puppy Catti was very playful, active, funny, very unhappy. For all the time she nibbled just one pair of shoes.
What does an American cocker spaniel eat?
Catti from the very beginning we have been on a natural diet. The puppy was fed 5 times a day for hours. They gave cottage cheese, boiled vegetables, meat, porridge ... Two months I had to completely devote to the dog.
Now she is on a natural diet. We try to feed the dog correctly, do not overfeed.
Owner's observations: American Cocker Spaniels are voracious dogs, ready to eat everything. They must be limited in food.If you do not, there will be problems with being overweight. Once we faced such a disaster. When the second child was born, the dog lived with her grandparents for several months. They really “pitied” her, and she ate with each of them individually, and with everyone together, and on her own. She returned home, to put it mildly, with a barrel. Then she was cut short, and Catti looked more like a decorative pig than a dog. But proper nutrition and long walks benefited her, and the darling regained recognizable forms.
Bad habits of American cockers
Catti steals food from the table. Even such a means of education, as a newspaper, does not save. From this it is impossible to wean. And with age it gets even harder. The dog has lost his hearing, and he doesn’t hear shouts! I had to educate myself. Food from the table after breakfast, lunch, dinner is cleaned all at once.
What is the character of American cocker spaniels?
I can tell you about my dog. She is cheerful, active, kind. Never takes revenge, even if she is offended. Patient. The best!
Friends had a male American Cocker Spaniel. That was the fire! Very aggressive. He bit everyone. They began to educate, and this caused an even greater storm of indignation and discontent.
How do cockers treat children?
Catti suffers children. She herself never plays with them. If the kids begin to molest her, leave, hide, pretend that she is not. We have a very patient dog. Communication with children does not bring her any joy, but she has not yet bitten. And she has plenty of meetings with little tormentors. In addition to the fact that my husband and I have two sons (the younger one is not 2 years old), there are five more nephews who often visit us. So Katie has a hard time.
But we explain to the children, of course, that it is impossible to offend the animal.
How does a dog tolerate separation from its owner?
When we go on vacation, we take Katie to her parents. She knows their house well, she treats mom and dad well. They also never offend her. In the summer they carry with them to the country. It seems that for so many years she could have gotten used to it. But still, each separation, even for a short time, is stress for the animal.
When we get back, Katie is offended. This is seen by the behavior. It becomes too quiet, calm, does not react to anything. After a day or two, the insults are forgotten, and she is again the same: kind, cheerful, the most faithful friend in the world!
If Catti is left alone for several hours, she does not show any concern either before or after. She doesn’t bite anything, she’s not digging under the door. Most likely, she just sleeps when no one is there. There is no trace of her losing her mind. But we have one “trick”: when we leave for a long time, we leave the light on.
How are American Cocker Spaniels sick?
The main problem with all cockers is ears. They, like fold dogs, collect anything on them. Doggie is also prone to allergies: it happens, peeling and itching of the skin. Catti has breast problems. A few years ago, she had a tumor, had surgery. In order for the disease not to return, we give special hormonal preparations to the dog.
Catti is an age dog. She was already almost completely blind, she had glaucoma, lost her hearing, her teeth fell out. Moreover, the teeth began to deteriorate and fall out early enough. Although we looked after them, regularly cleaned, treated with different gels. Whatever they tried: simple, with supplements, and with vitamins. Anyway, they fell out. But the lack of teeth does not prevent her from eating well. And not only the curd and porridge, but that which manages to steal from the table!
Are American Spaniels easy to learn?
Catti knows all the basic teams. And “Sit!”, And “Lie!”, And “Voice!”, And “somersault!” ...
Owner Observations: American Cocker Spaniels are smart dogs. They can be calmly taught everything you want. The main thing is to deal with them.
We are no longer training Katie. The dog is old, as I said earlier, she has hearing problems.
What is the relationship of cockers with other dogs?
Catti was always friends with the boys. And do not mind swearing, and sniff. And with the girls - the war. Even now he barks, throws himself at them, doesn’t let him in. Moreover, it attacks both young and very large.
How active are American Cocker Spaniels?
In childhood and youth, cockers are quite active dogs. When Catti was little, we walked with her for a long time in the park. They took balls, toys, sticks with them. Now the walks are much calmer. But still we try to walk with her longer: in the morning - for 30-40 minutes, in the evening - an hour and a half. At the weekend in good weather we go out into the countryside, of course we take the dog with us.
What kind of owner does an American cocker spaniel need?
I think a dog of this breed is suitable for a novice dog breeder. What my husband and I were 13 years ago. The main thing is to love and care for your pet. Then mutual understanding will come by itself. An active, cheerful, cheerful host who would love to spend time with them would suit these dogs. But certainly not a child!
Photo: from the personal archive of Lilia Nemogay.