The Cocker Spaniel is an affectionate, lively, and faithful dog to its family. It is a great dog around children and other family members if they have been socialized well as puppies; otherwise, it can be too shy and retiring. They are very easy to train and will get along with other pets and animals.
The Cocker Spaniel is not a high-energy breed but it is still energetic with a healthy dose of stamina. Owners need to take it on daily walks or exercise it in the yard or garden to keep the Cocker Spaniel fit. Since it was originally bred to work, make sure to go on long walks as well to give it some backyard tasks.
The Cocker Spaniel will adapt to a city life so long as it gets enough exercise and activity. An apartment will suffice for the dog if there is a yard for it to play and exercise in. Indoors, they are relatively inactive.
Grooming for the Cocker Spaniel can be a bit of a job. Its eyes will need cleaning from time to time and its coat will require occasional trimming. When brushing its coat, be gentle so as not to entangle the comb or brush with its hairs.
The Cocker Spaniel as a breed is known to have eye issues (glaucoma, cataracts, etc.). Other health problems that owners must watch out for include hip dysplasia and epilepsy.