The Cocker Spaniel has been one of the world’s most popular family pets for many decades. It is a charming and affectionate breed originating from England, where they were originally used as gundogs to flush out and retrieve woodcock and small game such as ducks and rabbits. They are an ancient breed whose origins can be traced back to Europe in the 14th Century. Recognised by the Kennel Club of Great Britain in 1892, they were then exported to America, where American Cocker Spaniels were bred and became a separate recognised breed in 1940. They are closely related to the Springer Spaniel.
They are a medium-sized dog, with a medium to long length silky coat and long floppy ears. They require regular grooming to keep their coats in good condition. Cocker Spaniels are known for their friendly and outgoing nature. They are intelligent and eager to please, making them relatively easy to train. They come in a range of solid colours including black, red, brown and orange, plus tricolour and blue roan. They are highly adaptable, very good swimmers, and make great companions for both families with children and individuals.
Their playful nature makes them great with children, but they require regular exercise and playtime to stay happy. As they love water and are good swimmers, their ears should be dried after a swim to prevent infection. They can be prone to obesity if they don’t exercise sufficiently, so regular walks are necessary to keep them healthy.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Cocker Spaniel, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.