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Puppies

Cockers make wonderful family pets and are easily trained but if you're not careful they will train you first! They are an intelligent dog and are very people orientated. They are equally happy going for a 5 mile hike as sitting on your knee. They are normally very food orientated so if they do not get enough exercise then you will have to watch their waistline!

I normally ask owners to limit exercise periods until they are over 12 months of age. This is to give them time to grow up and muscles to deveope in the right places. So lots of jumping up is not recommended either. It is very easy to put undue strain on growing puppies and of course they have to be fed a correct diet.

Each puppy come with its own diet and hint and tips sheet as well as kennel Club registration and pedigree. They are reared in the house to help them become accustomed to both people and household noises, once they are on solid food they go outside health and weather permitting, which helps them become accustomed to going outside to do their business as they learn a lot from mum.

They do need regular grooming by a professional groomer and a word of warning if you get your puppy spayed or castrated it may end up looking like a fluffy Teddy bear as well as putting the pounds on. many groomers will just strip your dog's coat off competely, so be sure to ask before you leaved your puppy in their hands. Traditionally Cockers are 'hand stripped', this is quite a hard job for the average pet owner and is one reason why the majority end up clipped off. However if you are prepared to brush and comb your dog on a regular basis then there is no reason why you can still not have a dog that looks like a Cocker. If it gets matts in its coat however be prepared for the fact the groomer may be able to nothing but take the whole coat off.