English Cocker Spaniel(Sporting Group)
"...an active, merry sporting dog... He is alive with energy...
"Temperament: The English Cocker is merry and affectionate... a faithful and engaging companion" (AKC Standard).
"English Cocker Spaniels are gentle and playful. They make a good pet to have around children and are good for the first time or inexperienced dog owner. They are easily trainable and actually enjoy the attention (Note: this breed is very sensitive, so training should be persuasive, not sharp.) They are very sociable with family members, children and strangers.
"This breed may have behavior problems that include stealing food and soiling in the house. They are also prone to submissive and/or excitable urination, resulting from being excessively submissive" (http://www.petcare.umn.edu/Dogs/breedinfo.cfm?BreedID=37).
English Cocker Spaniel Club of America.
"To prevent ear problems, check the ears every day. If the ears appear dirty, use a medicated solution such as Oti-Clean to clean them, not water or alcohol. To avoid injury, use a cotton ball or a bit of cotton on the finger to swab the ear, not a Q-tip. If the ears are dirty and smell, and if the dog seems to be uncomfortable, call the veterinarian. Early treatment is necessary... Hairs can be clipped to allow air circulation...
"Cockers should be fed in deep, narrow bowls that allow them to eat and drink without getting their ears into the food or water" (http://www.canismajor.com/dog/cocker.html, accessed 6/10/05).
Colby Glass, MLIS