1. In general, ECS really enjoy the human company and do not do well if they are left alone for several hours. Some people do not like their
“neediness”. Some English Cockers have an overwhelming desire to be with their human all the time, to be hugged, to be in their arms.
2. They need regular exercise, they enjoy playing, running, going for walks, working in the field. The ECS, in general, is not a “couch
potato” breed. They really enjoy and can excel in activities such as agility, tracking, rally and hunting. They are “ready to go” if you are, but
they also know how to relax and enjoy the moment.
3. They need more grooming than the average dog. You would need to brush or comb their coats periodically to avoid mats and decrease
shedding. You will also need to strip their back and head, keep their ears clean and trimmed neatly inside and out, to avoid ear infections.
The grooming could be more or less complicated, depending on the dog life style. You might want to go to a professional groomer at least
once a month for a “hair cut” or you could learn the skills and do it yourself. You also have to cut the toenails regularly.
4. Most ECS are eager to please and can be easily trained, but others might need more persuasion. ECS, like any other dogs, are greatly
benefited by being socialized and trained with their basic commands from an early age.
5. Overfeeding can be a problem. Most ECS love to eat; they tend to always beg for food, making us believe, with that “tricky” sweet
expression of theirs, that they are hungry, even if they have just finished their meal.
6. In general, ECS can bark, like most dogs, but not to the extent of some little terriers can. When dogs bark, we need to listen and assess
why? My ECS, Tevez, saved me of a possible house fire twice, when he showed me the kitchen was full of smoke, the food was burning on
the stove! Excessive barking could be genetic or a lack of training. Bad temperaments, hyperactivity, allergies, and other illnesses can be
genetic as well. There is no perfection; all we can do as responsible breeders and dog parents is to try to prevent the "preventable", with
what it is available to us and trying to educate ourselves about our favorite breed.
ECS are not for everybody, but for the right people, with the normal training, moderate daily exercise, periodic
grooming, good nutrition, and love for their neediness, a well bred ECS with great type, temperament, and
soundness should be a pleasure in the household for those who appreciate their qualities.
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|Why you SHOULD NOT own an English Cocker Spaniel?
ECS is NOT "a breed fits all" The ECS are Sporting, active, affectionate, merry, medium size dogs.
"This athletic breed is compact, short-coupled and considered to be “a large dog in a small package.” (From the
ECSCA breed flier)
ECS were bred to hunt in dense cover, flushing and retrieving game. Although known for its soft, melting expression,
the breed is a tough worker, capable of covering ground effortlessly and penetrating the densest of cover.
The ECS are merry and affectionate, good with children, people, and other dogs. They should never be aggressive,
unfriendly or excessively shy. They are excellent family companions due to its even disposition and trainability.
They are medium in size; the body is sturdy and compact. The average adult male is about 16” at the withers and
about 30lbs. The average female is about 15" tall at the withers and weighs around 26 lbs. Their activity level is
medium (or medium high, depending on the breeding lines or training) and they might need more grooming than the
average person is willing to do.
Here are some reasons why you SHOULD NOT own an English cocker: