The Solid Colours Cocker Spaniel Association

Health, Care & Training

Gold FamilyYou should always be able to view puppies with their mother. If possible, you may be able to see other members of the puppy's family, where you will be able to assess their temperament and health. Parents of the puppies should have as a minimum a clear eye certificate for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (GPRA & CPRA) and Glaucoma, inherited eye conditions causing blindness. DNA gene tests are also now available for prcd_PRA (GPRA) and for the kidney disease which affects young Cockers, Familial Nephropathy (FN). Some Cockers may also have had their hips scored for hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia doesn't usually cause major problems in Cocker Spaniels, mainly due to the fact that they are not a large breed of dog, so hip scoring may not always be carried out. You can find advice on finding a puppy from a reputable breeder here:

The temperament of your puppy is determined by several factors. Breeding is one of them, but training and socialisation is very important. Two Reds A well-bred puppy of any colour should have a good temperament. Temperament problems, including Rage Syndrome, have been associated with Cocker Spaniels. Reputable breeders will only breed from stock of good temperament, so make sure you buy your puppy from a recommended source.

Three Reds

Cocker Spaniels have a profuse coat, especially as puppies, so regular grooming is essential, and you should get your puppy used to this from an early age. As your puppy grows, the coat will require trimming. Unless you have done this before, or want to learn how to do it, this should be carried out by a professional groomer. Trimming will need to be done every 2 to 3 months for the rest of the dog's life.