the most famous social occasion in dogdom, the scallywag, Tramp,
took his Lady to an Italian restaurant for a spaghetti dinner in
the back alley. The two larger-than-life canines slurped pasta and
fell in love to the music of the concertina, and Walt Disney had
another animated hit on his hands. Tramp, of course, was a nondescript
terrier-type mongrel - a dog of the streets, if you will. Lady,
on the other hand, was a sensitive, demure Cocker Spaniel, a dog
that has won the hearts of tens of millions of families over the
past several decades.
smallest dog in the Gundog Group, the American Cocker Spaniel is
a lot of dog in a compact package. It is a dog with definite appeal
as a family pet and child's companion, an often-time winner in the
show ring, and an intelligent worker in the field.
well-bred Cocker is sweet, loyal, cheerful, playful, trustworthy,
easily trained, and adaptable. It needs a moderate amount of exercise
and will get podgy if allowed to be a complete couch potato. Its
sensitivity may be its only drawback, for discipline must be gentle
or the Cocker may wilt. The popularity of the breed in the USA almost
led to its downfall: puppy farmers and backyard breeders flooded
the market with poorly-bred specimens that were yappy, snappy, nervous,
high-strung dogs - difficult to train and handle. If you're thinking
of acquiring an American Cocker, avoid pet shops and backyard breeders
at all costs, preferring to seek out a reputable breeder through
upon a time, a very special Cocker was chosen for the blessing of
mankind. He was, at first, black in colour. But, when the hands
of blessings were placed upon him, the areas touched turned to purest
gold. His eyes were blessed to see the good - his mouth to speak
the praise - his ears to hear the truth - his chest to hold a loyal
heart - his feet to take him spreading joy - and, his tail to show
his never-ending love. Many more, so blessed, have followed this
first one. Today they are known to man as black and tan.
the temperaments of the three colour varieties are completely different!
(any solid colour other than black) Cockers - especially buff
- are not the brightest stars in the firmament. They're not great
at obedience, either. Some say that, as puppies, they're wild creatures,
but as they mature they become real couch potatoes...
Cockers have stable temperaments, some say. Black and tans are
the smartest of the whole bunch, but also quite mischievous - they
have little self-control. Blacks adore their owners and like to
touch you with their paws or cold noses...
Cockers are smart, while red and white partis are more stable
than black and white partis. Black and white partis are the clowns
of the family - everything is one big game...
it or not.....