What should I do if my Cocker Spaniel is being aggressive?
Never reward fearful or aggressive behavior by picking up or comforting your dog. Instead, put your dog in his crate for a time-out or redirect his attention to something that is not causing aggression. If your dog is already showing signs of aggression, you will likely need the help of a dog trainer to undo the problem.
Can a cocker spaniel be a good family pet?
Although they are popular family pets, cocker spaniels are consistently ranked among the most aggressive dogs. However, each dog is an individual, and aggression is a highly preventable behavior problem. While it’s easier to prevent aggression than treat it, even the most aggressive dogs can usually learn gentle ways.
Can a cocker spaniel have a rage disorder?
Cocker spaniels can also suffer from a disorder called rage syndrome that causes seizure-like aggression episodes. This condition, though frightening, is frequently treatable. If there is no medical cause, you must begin retraining your dog to behave appropriately around other dogs and people.
When to put a muzzle on a cocker spaniel?
Even if your cocker spaniel doesn’t usually bite, put her in her crate when you have company, when other dogs are around or in other circumstances that make her likely to bite. Place a muzzle on her when you visit the vet or if you take her to pet stores or dog parks.
What’s the average life span of an English Cocker Spaniel?
A UK survey returned by 33 American Cocker Spaniel owners, covering 60 pets, reported a median lifespan of 10.3 years. The oldest dog survived for 17.3 years! The English Cocker Spaniel lifespan is 12 to 14 years.
Which is the smallest breed of American Cocker Spaniel?
Originally bred for hunting birds, the American Cocker is the smallest of 26 dog breeds in the sporting group. It is a popular breed in the U.S.A. (ranked 29th in 2017 according to AKC Dog Registration Statistics).
How old do Cocker Spaniels have to be before they have seizures?
Epilepsy is another inherited condition in Cocker Spaniels. Seizures will usually begin between the ages of six months and three years. They can often be suppressed with medication.
How old was Uno the cocker spaniel when he died?
maybe a little luck. Although there are no official records, a Cocker Spaniel by the name of Uno from Sherman Oaks, California, was believed to have been 22 years old when he was profiled in a Los Angeles Daily News article in 2010. That’s well over a century in human years.