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Sensitive, cheerful, and loyal, Cocker Spaniels love to play. They are energetic and always want to be active. When you search for Cocker Spaniel puppies for sale, ask about their parents. Were they companion or hunting dogs? Do they have any common Cocker Spaniel health issues, like cataracts, glaucoma, or patella tendon problems? Were they indoor or outdoor dogs?
This information may help determine the type of puppy you're considering and any special activity needs they might have. In all cases, your Cocker Spaniel needs you to give him/her lots of activity. Many experts recommend up to three walks per day and any other “freedom to run” time you can provide. A good sized fenced yard would be perfect to give your Cocker Spaniel the opportunity to run and play.
Be careful to avoid thick brush – although your Cocker Spaniel may love it – because their long curly coat can easily become tangled. Their long, floppy ears can be particularly susceptible to nasty tangles. Since most Cocker Spaniels love to swim, any opportunity you can give your puppy to get this type of exercise is a good choice. Whether you want a family companion or an excellent hunting dog, your Cocker Spaniel needs activity to remain lean and mean.
Although fairly easy to train, they can be a challenge to housebreak. Therefore, more outdoor activity via walks and runs you can provide may help you housebreak your Cocker Spaniel puppy faster and easier.