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Breed All About It! Spotlight on: The Cocker Spaniel Description: Cocker Spaniels have a thick, sometimes wavy coat, with short fur on the head and back, and long on the ears, chest, belly, and legs. The coat is a solid color, black or light cream to red to brown, or parti-color - two or more colors - one of which is white. Temperament: Although this breed is usually known as just a loving family com- panion, many Cockers are still good bird dogs at heart.They love nothing more than making their family happy, and have a cheerful, sweet disposition. A loving, gentle, trustworthy companion, they are good with children, other pets, and the elderly. Eas- ily trained for obedience, agility, and field work, they can also be excellent therapy dogs. Cocker Spaniels are known to be sensitive dogs, mentally and physically. They have a "soft" personality and do not respond well to harsh treatment, sometimes turning to growling or snapping when in pain or afraid. Early socialization and training is essential to teach the Cocker appropriate canine manners. He needs to be han- dled carefully and kindly to bring out the best in his personality. Average He ight/ Weight: Between 14 - 15 inches tall, and 24 - 28 pounds. Health Issues: Cockers are generally healthy, but can be susceptible to eye prob- lems, allergies, cardiomyopathy, urinary stones, otitis externa, canine hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, seborrhea, entropion, liver disease, and congestive heart failure. Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years. Exercise: This breed doesn't need a lot of space to roam, but does need daily activity. A romp in the yard along with a brisk walk will keep him happy and fit. Grooming: Taking care of a Cocker's long coat can be quite intensive, and frequent visits to a professional groomer is recommended. Daily brushing is also nec- essary to keep the coat free of tangles and mats. Their long, fluffy ears are beautiful, but can pose a potential health problem. Check them weekly for infections, and gently clean with a cotton ball dampened with a pH- balanced ear cleaner to prevent problems. Source: dogtime.com K olbrooks V eterinary C linic N. LEE KOLOS, V.M.D 1756 Nittany Valley Drive • Bellefonte Phone: (814) 383-4415 Fax: (814) 383-2002 Email: Dr.LeeVMD@aol.com Pawsitively Pets -- September 11