PUPPIES   
 

Our dogs are pets first and foremost, they are dogs who play with our sons and romp around in the fields and sometimes share our beds. They are not caged up but we do advocate crates for safety purposes. I have my dogs eye tested and hip scored where appropriate and DNA tested if parents are not clear/normal, to enable the breed to prosper in health. We care for the puppies within a family setting, when they are not feeding & sleeping they meet the other dogs and our 2 young boys. We welcome enquiries from genuine, honest cocker lovers. Our puppies will not go to homes where both parties work full time as I feel a cocker spaniel needs plenty of human contact, we will be quite strict on where our puppies go and may also ask you to complete a questionnaire in order to ensure the right home for the right dog.I also know other reputable breeders and will pass on the relevant information.


Cocker Spaniels are lively dogs who love human contact. Before purchasing a puppy it is worth while researching the breed well by using a variety of sources, ( see 'Books' and 'Links' pages ). Most libraries will stock the books if you do not wish to purchase one. Dog shows are a good way of meeting a variety of cocker people and to chat about the pro's and cons of the breed.

Remember puppies are lively, playful, mischievous and willful. They have sharp teeth that can bite when playing and claws that scratch when little and can get into all sorts of trouble. They need lots of sleep to grow, but when they are awake they need constant supervision. They are a big dog in a little body and can quickly become dominant if allowed to be, which is a recipe for disaster. You need to assert your dominance over the puppy and make sure it is the lowest in the human family pack. Although they are great family pets they can be over exuberant when young children are around and some children may actually be scared of a puppy. Be honest with yourself as there are still too many dogs in rescue centres, a dog is for life. The average cocker lives to about 13 years some longer unfortunately some shorter. We know of some 15 and even 16 years old.

One of the main endearing/frustrating characteristics of a cocker is its love for its owner which is mainly focused on the pack leader 'YOU'. The pack leader will be followed wherever they go no matter if the dog is fast asleep or not, it will appear as if by magic on any excursion around the home i.e. to the toilet, kitchen or bath. This is the same no matter is you have one or ten cockers, the only difference is you have a larger crowd waiting for you.

If you decide to buy a cocker think about the colour, sex, genetical / inherited problems, the pedigree behind the dog, temperament, life expectancy, vet costs / insurance, feeding costs, training and exercise requirements and grooming requirements . Cockers are a fantastic breed to own so don't be put off but do your homework and enjoy!

If you would like to be considered for one of our puppies there is a questionnaire at the following link, please complete and return to via email or contact us for our address. 


         

                                   

 

Once you have decided to buy a puppy there are some essential items you will need to buy. We have put together a shopping list for you to advice you what to get. Click on the link below to see this list.