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Spaniel Specialists -- Speak Up!

If you are wondering what is the right dog for you, this is the place to be. In this introductory forum we talk about topics such as breed vs. mix, size, age, grooming, breeders, shelters, rescues as well as requirements for exercise, space and care. No question is too silly here. This particular forum is for getting and giving helpful, nice advice. It is definitely not a forum for criticizing someone else's opinion, knowledge or advice. This forum is all about tail wagging and learning.

  
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Wed Dec 26, '12 5:39pm PST 
I am interested in getting a Spaniel after my next Golden puppy! So it will be quite a while......

But I have no clue which Spaniel! shock
Boykin, Am. Cocker, English Cocker, Field, Welsh Springer, etc., all are appealing, and I've left some out.

I am prepared for dealing with ears, btw. laugh out loud

I am looking for a fieldy, drivey dog, not overly sensitive, with decent nerves. I do know that Spaniels are a more sensitive group.
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Fri Dec 28, '12 9:18am PST 
Another shout-out to spaniel people -- you don't have to be an owner!
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Isabelle the- Great

Nothing is- greater than an- Springer!
 
 
Barked: Sat Dec 29, '12 12:37am PST 
Why do you want a spaniel? I ask this not be rude but to pinpoint a Spaniel. That and we rarely have good Spaniel discussions. I will type a better response when I wake up in the morning.

oh and I wanted to bump this up.
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Sat Dec 29, '12 3:23am PST 
I believe I have met all the Spaniels except the French ones, but have little direct experience with them. Their charm draws me to them. I prefer coated dogs, and dogs full of personality. Growing up my grandparents had a succession of very nice ESS. I do want to branch out in the sporting dog group from Goldens, although I will always have a Golden. I'm not interested in getting another Pointer, nor a Weim, Vizsla, field Lab, Flattie, etc. Oh, and I'll definitely be getting a male dog.
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Savannah- Blue Belle

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Barked: Sat Dec 29, '12 7:55am PST 
Ive had two Cocker Spaniels, both female. They had very different personalities, but for your purposes I can tell you they are not powder puffs despite their flashy coats and cuddly looks. Both were very "fieldy" though my first was less inclined to take to the water.

Cookie, my current, is a rescue pup and she is a ball of fire. She loves the fields and ponds and I can easily see her being used as a sporting dog, even though I don't. I have seen her target a bush or brambles and go into position as if she was trained to it, which I am pretty sure is natural...I don't think her original owners used her to hunt.

One thing...in a recent discussion of spaniels I saw someone describe them (humorously) as bird brains. And she is boy. She is very easily distracted and so was the original cocker, Cotton. Cookie more than Cotton, though...she hears a sound and off she goes. Only to get distracted on the way by a blowing leaf or a distant dog bark. Cute and amusing, but if you are trying to train for specific tasks, maybe kind of a handful.
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Sat Dec 29, '12 4:06pm PST 
I am worried about some of the things I have heard about ESS temperaments, although my grandparents had a succession of lovely ones, all named "Ruffles." laugh out loud

The ones that interest me most, at this time, at the Welsh Springer, the Boykin, the Field, and the English Cocker. I'm interested in which would suit a Golden Retriever household well. Of course I do have other dogs, a Lab/Pit mix, a Cattle Dog/Pit mix, a 7-year old Golden, and a young Toller mix. As I said, this pup won't come after my next Golden puppy, which is planned for my next 2-3 years.

I have heard that Brittanies are rather sensitive.
I am also aware that many Boykins have bad hips.
I know that some Am. Cockers can be quite birdy and drivey, just not sure if I could deal with that distractibity.

Training ability and quick intelligence, cleverness, is a must. So is playfulness and naughtiness.

Thanks for the info, Savannah!
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Isabelle the- Great

Nothing is- greater than an- Springer!
 
 
Barked: Sat Dec 29, '12 5:30pm PST 
What have you heard that worries you about the ESS? As you know, knowing the lines of any breed is essential. Sorry, busy but I am willing to discuss my limited experience with the breed! I have had a cocker and a brittany but the ESS is still my fav.
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frodo

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Barked: Sun Dec 30, '12 5:00am PST 
I am 1/2 britteny. I was very loving, and smart. but untill I was thru those terrible 2`s I was the most distructive dog my human ever owned.I was quiet and friendly. loved all other animals.
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Sun Dec 30, '12 5:15am PST 
On further research, I now see that the dominance aggression I was worried about in the ESS appears to run in certain lines. That is reassuring. So let's add them back to the mix! big grin

Isabelle, I would love to hear about your experiences with all your spaniels, including your fave, the ESS. smile
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Sun Dec 30, '12 10:36am PST 
If any Spaniels are not dog social, that would knock them out for me, as I have and will continue to have a pack of dogs, btw. That's why I like Goldens so much, their human-social and dog-social attitudes.
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