When walking in poor weather, I was cursing the rain, while Poppy was merrily wagging her tail. Life is better with a Cocker Spaniel – they light up your world, when everything around you is so miserable.
Prominent during the Tudor reign of Henry VIII, the English Cocker Spaniel gained great popularity as a versatile hunting gun-dog suited to both wet and dry terrain and progressively, as a docile and affectionate companion dog.
Whilst proving a favourite in the royal courts of the 16th and 17th centuries, literative references to ‘spanyells’ date back as early as the 14th century, reflecting the early prominence of the breed. Utilised in hunting, the Cocker Spaniel derived its name from its ability to hunt woodcock specifically.
- Cockers were bred to hunt – I don’t hunt with Poppy
- They are closely related to Springers
- They are taller than they are long
- They love being with family
- They are prone to weight gain, so need plenty of walking
- Cockers are eager to please
- They are highly trainable
- Cockers constantly wag their tail
- Cockers are high maintenance on the grooming front
- Cockers will form a strong bond with one person