Don't you love golden Cocker Spaniels? They're the 'blondes' of the doggie world! Hey, I may be biased, but I adore other Cocker colours too. Read on and discover lots of lovely pictures of cute cockers. I hope you enjoy!
This is Max, my very loyal friend. We very often used to walk along the old railway line at the bottom of our village. It was quite a walk, about 6 miles, but we used to manage it comfortably.
There were many rabbits for chasing (him, not me!) and plenty of birds to tease.
Thankfully, there wasn't any livestock, or traffic, so I could let him off his lead so that he could have a bit of freedom!
On either side of the path there was a mixture of trees and fields, some planted with corn, some planted with grass, and others just left fallow. Max love running through the grass, but I had a job keeping him out of the cornfields!
I really can't put my finger on why golden cockers are loved so much, but it's a fact, they are favourites with many owners.
These two puppies have beautiful colouring and look so cute. I'm sure it won't be too long before these two are getting up to mischief!
I guess the saying 'Blondes have more fun' might apply here!
Max was about three when this photo was taken, which seems so long ago.
As you can see, we're in the garden, and I was trying to get some weeding done. Of course, Max was helping me, but invariably getting in the way.
I had thrown a few small treats into the centre of the garden to keep him occupied (and out of my hair!) but he was soon back asking for more.
The photo shows him giving me his paw, asking for a treat. It always works for him!
There's something so very special about Golden Cocker Spaniels! Well, I'm bound to say that as I own one myself, so I guess I'm a little biased.
I also love other Cocker colours too, which is why I have photos of all colours on my website, not just the goldens! However, this page is all about golden Cocker Spaniels, so let's get on with it!
This beautiful watercolour of Max was commissioned for my birthday by my late husband, Don, which was very sweet of him.
Max was about 12 months old at the time and I think it's an absolutely gorgeous likeness.
I adore this portrait and I have it framed and hung on the wall in my study. I can't help smiling each time I look at it.
I just love it!
This photo was taken after we'd been on a walk down the old railway line near to my home. It was Max's first experience of snow and he seemed to delight in the way it floated around him like powder when he romped around in it.
Poor little mite, he could hardly walk by the time we'd turned around to head for home. He struggled under the weight of the snowballs in his coat and around his feathers, and at one point, I thought I was going to have to carry him. However, he plodded gamely on!
Before I could take him inside, I had the difficult task of removing the snow from his coat, but I eventually managed to get all of the snowballs out of his fur.
It took ages!
This is him again, much younger, (about three or four months old) playing football.
He would try and pick up the ball in his mouth but it was too big for him.
Instead, he'd end up rolling over it, but he'd keep trying anyway.
It wasn't too long before Einstein realised that he could actually move the football with his nose!
Max, my golden cocker spaniel, is still a puppy in this picture, although a few months older.
I think he's about 7 or 8 months old.
We'd been playing ball in the garden (as usual!) and he was exhausted.
He'd gone looking for some shade as it was a very hot day, which is extremely unusual for our neck of the woods, however, I wasn't complaining!
Max decided he'd had enough and went and sat in the shade under the apple tree until he cooled off and was ready for another game of football.
This photo was taken at the breeders house when he was less than one week old.
Wasn't he just so cute?
I remember being so scared of picking him up in case I dropped him!
He's almost 14 years old now - where did the time go?
Puppy days are very special. Like our youth, they'll never come around again so make sure you and your puppy enjoy those special times while you still can.
Appreciate every single day you have together.
Max is three and a half years old in this photo, and looking rather in need of a hair cut!
He loved going for walks on this old railway line, which was just behind our house when we lived in North Yorkshire.
We walked every day for about an hour and a half.
The lane meandered for miles through the Yorkshire countryside so it was safe to let him off his lead.
He'd run on ahead, but every now and then he'd stop and look back, just to make sure I was still around.
He'd run and run, but never seemed to tire. He's such a little sweetie!
I'm sure you're aware that Cocker's coats come in many different colours with lots of different markings. I thought it a good place to give them a quick mention here.
Cocker Spaniel's come in a variety of colours, some solid, like chocolate, (in fact, chocolate cocker spaniels are our second favourite!) black and, did I mention golden?
You can also find a combination of mixed colours and markings, for example, black and white, parti-colours and roans.
What follows is a brief explanation of Cocker Spaniel coat colours and of some of the terms used to describe them.
According to Wikipedia, coat colours of the Cocker Spaniel are as follows:
I'm certainly not an expert on coat colours, but generally speaking, the solid colours (also known as 'self') are chocolate, black, golden, and very rarely seen, sable.
Although I've never owned a black Cocker, it's said that the black, glossy coats are much heavier and because of this they may need more grooming than any of the other colours.
Golden Cocker Spaniels can range from a light golden colour to a very dark rusty shade.
Where the golden coats are darker, they're sometimes referred to as red Cocker Spaniels.
Chocolate Cocker Spaniels are a beautiful reddish-chocolate brown and they're often referred to as 'liver' coloured.
If you're planning to show your pet, breed standards recommend that the coat shouldn't contain any white, however a little patch of white on the chest is allowed.
Roan is mixture of white and coloured hairs.
The coloured hairs are usually found in solid patches or clumps, whereas the white areas are usually flecked or 'ticked' with the solid colour.
The roan colours are:
The parti-colours usually consist of two colours.
For example you often see them in:
Ticking is a term used when there are small flecks of colour showing in the white of the dog's coat.
The term "open marked" is used where there is no ticking or roan markings in the dog's coat, instead the coat will have clear white between the coloured patches.
You'll also find dogs with tan markings on their face, (above the eyebrows and on the muzzle) under their tails, on their feet, and on their chest.
Where the dog's coat is predominantly black, his colouring would be termed black and tan.
Some breeders say that the golden Cocker Spaniel (and some say all solid colours) is prone to 'Rage Syndrome' but today breeders are very careful and check the history of the sire and dam for any sign of the condition prior to breeding.
Thankfully, rage syndrome in Cocker Spaniels is very rare and instances of aggression often tend to be behavioural problems rather than rage.
Where a (responsible) breeder has evidence to suggest that any of the dogs has shown signs of rage syndrome, they're unlikely to be used for breeding purposes.
Thank you for letting me indulge my love for Max on this page!
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Photo Credits for Golden Cocker Spaniels - In order of viewing:
1. Liliya Kulianion at http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-english-cocker-spaniel-puppy-image22874223
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3. Liliya Kulianion at http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-english-cocker-spaniel-puppy-image22874290
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9. Anita from Delphmount Cockers
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