Our interest in American Cockers began in 1976 in South
Africa where we acquired our first breeding pair. The
love of this breed continued from then on. Along with
our Toy poodles, we showed at Championship level, and
did very well there.
After a 20 year break from the dog world to raise a family,
we have returned to the breed here in the South East of
enjoy showing, but our dogs are gundogs first, show dogs
second, and we encourage their natural instincts to point,
flush and retrieve, working with them at every opportunity.
They are very busy, taking part in obedience classes,
ringcraft, and agility. As well as their daily exercise
routine, they do 3 mile or so power walks or runs with
us through woods and fields about 3 times a week.
schedules are quite hectic at times, therefore litters are
only reared when we are looking for a new member of our family
to continue lines, taking into consideration breed confirmation,
good steady temperaments and related health issues. Fit for
purpose is first and foremost to us, and we are very interested
in this lovely breed, earning its rightful place in the gundog
group, as a breed that will work all day in the field if asked
to. This intelligent breed will quite easily adapt to obedience
work, and really enjoy agility and jumping classes. We have
also trained ours to “sniff out” and search items,
using their natural abilities.
actually watched one of our Yankees, rummaging through
bushes, flushing out some birds alongside a neighbours
Springer spaniel, with her tail wagging and nose
to the ground.
from a distance, apart from the obvious differences
in height, colour and coat, you would have thought
they were the same breed. Our dogs are not ornaments,
kept in cages for fear of damaging their coats,
but are hardy and free running, eager to work and
we are keen to produce dual purpose American Cockers, getting
back to the basics, breeding dogs truly "Fit for Function"
and free from exaggerations that make them only fit for
running round a show ring. Apart from all the other activities
our dogs take part in, we now have 3 being gundog trained
and the father of one of our girls will be joining them
soon, with his owner. We will be looking to establish a
good working line from these, proving that American Cockers
deserve their place in the Gundog group. Our motto is -
We can work-- we will work-- we do work.
following remarks are our personal feelings and based on our
experience with this breed.
So you think you would like an American Cocker?
If you are thinking of owning a member of this breed as
a pet, it would be an idea to analyze exactly what draws
you to to them. Most fanciers would say that their outward
appearance, beautiful coat, long ears, elegant neck and
of course that gorgeous melting, almost soulful expression
would be the no. 1 factors in their decision. Then would
come the lovely even temperaments and their intelligence
and eagerness to work.
So before making that important purchase, lets take each
of the above and delve a little deeper into what an American
Cocker is really about.
That beautiful well groomed dog seen at the shows or on
the internet sites, in reality only looks like that for
about 2 or 3 days if you are lucky. Once the dog has been
out in rain or damp weather or taken for a run on the
beach or in the woods, the dog you then see is quite different.
Most pet owners will have their cockers trimmed down to
a more manageable length which can then help to keep them
looking reasonably good, until the next grooming session.
It must be stated however that when clipped short their
overall appearance will differ from those left with their
coats long. If like us you want to keep the coat long,
be prepared to put some work in. When in adult coat, they
need to bathed at the very least once a week, and thoroughly
brushed, blow dried and any knots removed. In between
baths, just remove any debris they have picked up by using
fingers to unravell. Those long ears will get into everything
they eat, drink and sniff. Thats why you will see show
dogs wearing snoods covering their ears. Cockers do tend
to have ear problems as well, and will need regular checking.
The long elegant necks allow them to reach where they
shouldn't, like on the dining table and work tops. As
for that soulful expression, they seem to be able to use
that to their advantage, to get what they want and make
you feel so guilty when refusing them.
Although a well bred American Cocker should have that
wonderful temperament, they do have another side to them.
They can be very stubborn and if not trained, will rule
They seem to really enjoy training. They are very intelligent
and once in work mode are not easily distracted. With
strong gundog instincts, they work well with man.
This does have its down falls when kept as a pet. An American
Cocker does not do well if not mentally and physically
stimulated. Ours can do a 3 mile run, 8 runs of the agility
course along with another 2 long walks all in one day
and still want to run around and play with their squeaky
toys. So if you want a couch potato dog, that is quite
happy to chill all day, don't get an American Cocker Spaniel.
Nothing is worse than a bored, under exercised American
Cocker, it destroys their souls.
an American Cocker live with me?
read the first part, if you still fancy this breed then
its time to look at your life style and determine if an
American Cocker would actually like living with you.
Although we think that a dog of any breed would tend to
mould into a new owners
way of life, there are always the exceptions to this.
If you are a genuine dog lover, you must think about the
dogs health and welfare, which includes its state of mind.
We find that American Cockers have a need to be mentally
stimulated, as well as physically. So ask yourself - can
I, and am I able to give this dog all that it requires
to keep it healthy in body and mind?
We have had the odd puppy that has been happier in a quiet
household as the only dog, with its owners 100% attention.
On the whole though, we would look to place a young puppy
in a home where there is a lot of activity and interaction.
A home with children is good for American Cockers, providing
the breeders have socialised their puppies with children
of course. Always ask them what type of socialising their
pups have had in order to make the right choice of puppy
for your home.
Questions to ask yourself before choosing an American
Is your home is full of activity, where their may be another
dog to play with, children, or teenagers coming and going,
bringing their friends in, that are quite likely to enjoy
throwing a ball or frisby. Or is your home made up of
just 1 or 2 adults , that like plenty of walking, and
maybe running or cycling, where you could take your American
Cocker with you. Perhaps you would be interested in trying
agility, flyball or obedience classes. Or maybe you just
love to walk through fields and woods where your American
could rummage through the hedges and bushes to see what
he can find for you. If you can say yes to any of these,
and have a lot of patience and time to share and are prepared
to groom a dog, or take him to a groomers regularly, then
an American Cocker Spaniel would like living with you.
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