Difference Between A Working And A Non-Working Cocker Spaniel?
Max Is A Show Cocker Spaniel
We are thinking about buying a cocker spaniel puppy and have been browsing the web for sellers.
We noticed that some advertise the puppies as 'working cockers'.
Do you know what the difference is between a working and a non-working cocker spaniel?
Difference Between Working And Non-Working Cockers by: Anonymous
Over the years, Cocker Spaniels have been bred into two different types of cockers - the 'working' cocker (sometimes called the field spaniel) and the 'show' cocker.
Their temperaments are very similar, they're both very biddable dogs, and make great family pets.
The 'working' cocker spaniel is a natural, eager and fast hunter, and is almost tireless - because of this, he may need much more exercise than the 'show' cocker.
Both types of dog will need good, consistent training, and additional relevant training if you intent to 'show' or put your 'working' cocker to work. Whilst both types are intelligent dogs, the working cocker may need additional mental stimulation to keep him 'occupied' - they are not sedentary dogs.
There are distinct visible differences between the two breeds. The 'working' cocker has a wider and flatter head, and much less coat.
The 'show' cocker is more commonly kept as a family pet, however, they still have the ability to work as that's what Cocker Spaniels were originally bred for. 'Show' cockers can also be trained to be used as PAT dogs, Hearing Dogs for the deaf, drug dogs, etc.
My advice would be to ask yourselves how much time you have available to exercise your dog. We walk ours for an hour each day, sometimes longer, and don’t forget the time needed to put on wellies, coats, collars, leads, etc. and hosing down on return – that usually adds an extra 30 minutes. If you have plenty of time on your hands, and are fairly active, then you may be okay with a working cocker. We prefer the ‘show’ cocker, but then we’re biased!
Whichever you decide to choose - have fun!