Are Cocker Spaniels Good
With Young Children?
We have a 7 year old boy who wants a dog. My husband thinks Cocker Spaniels are cute. My personal experience is that when I was young the Cockers I was around were mean and aggressive.
Is this the nature of Cockers or do you think that it is more due to the owner?
There are Cocker Spaniel puppies at the pound and we might get one this week depending on the information and advice we get.
Reply From Pauline (Web Owner)
Cocker Spaniels are very gentle and loving dogs - the Cocker Spaniel temperament is second to none and they make great family dogs!
I think you are right to suggest that where an animal is mean or aggressive, it may be down to the owner (usually inexperienced with dogs) but it may also be due to other external influences such as a change in environment.
Cocker spaniels can be very stubborn and need a firm but gentle hand. They don't respond well to aggression or (heaven forbid) violence, but do respond well to training.
On the other hand, they can sometimes be very nervous and need gentle handling otherwise they may shy away or become aggressive (fight or flight syndrome).
However, well-socialized and well-trained Cockers are a delight to have around, and this article on how to train a puppy will give you all the information you may need to ensure your puppy learns his manners.
It's also important that your puppy understands who's the alpha male so there are no misunderstandings and/or challenges.
Update from Pauline (Web Owner)
Since answering this question, I have added an article answering the question, 'Do Cocker Spaniels Make Good Family Dogs?' which you might find useful.
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