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Quote: Originally posted by Mike3003 on 20/6/2020
Quote: Originally posted by Richie55 on 19/6/2020
I have been looking for a working Cocker, people are now selling dogs that are 10 months plus for stupid prices, knowing that they only paid reasonable prices when they purchased the puppy. Money grabbing, but people are paying these atrocious prices.
Hello Richie, have you had a working Cocker before? They are a great dog, but they have a very high hunting drive, and need an awful lot of exercise. To be fair to the dog, they need to be worked, it is what they are bred for.
I have had working dogs for decades, I shoot, beat and pick up, and live on the edge of open moorland, so the dogs get plenty of exercise in wide open spaces. They are are a great dog, but they are really a working dog, and absolutely need that stimulus to be fair to the dog.
Not totally true - living where I do I see plenty of happy WCS and have one myself. They are good dogs for active families who've had dogs before, However don't get one if:
1. You're not prepared to spend plenty of time with your dog exercising its humungeous brain - obedience, flyball, scent trailing, anything will do. This doesnt have to be serious - Ive been teaching mine recently to put her toys away BUT if you dont use their brains they will find a way to use them and not in a positive way.
2. You live in a town or city EVEN if you have a large park nearby. Even though I'm 99.9% sure of my dogs recall I would never let her lose in the park as she does like to chase and Im not risking her taking down a cyclist or jogger.
3. You dont have lots of varied and safe walks nearby - we have beaches, fields and fells or close where our dog can roam and play to her hearts content.
4. You think lots of exercise will make up for not spending time with you dog doing something outline in 1. as all you will end up with is a very fit very naughty spaniel !!
My friends who have problems with their dogs have tended to be Cocker-poos. Youve mixed a smart spaniel with an even smarter poodle and market them as cute family pets - just asking for trouble !!