In a nutshell: All ears 'n' enthusiasm!
known as: Working cocker, though dont know why.
These pedigree dogs are registered by the Kennel Club as cocker spaniels, regardless
of whether they come from show (breed) or working (field trials or hunting) lines.
Description: A thoroughly busy dog with a bustling way of moving. Come in a
variety of colours all with their own specialist description.
Can be whole colours or parti. Any dog under
nine years old should not have a docked tail unless they work or show and the docking must
be done by a vet. Most cockers from breed lines have
very short tails whereas those from working lines have longer but still usually docked
tails. Coats vary.
Breed lines often have longer coats which take more looking after.
Those from working strains have more practical coats that will not get caught in
undergrowth. Bitches often come in mini height. Dogs almost invariably are midis. Ears are long and flap when running and jumping.
Temperament: The breed standard describes them as happy or merry
and they will be if they can indulge their partiality for alcohol. They are busy dogs
that have no problem in keeping themselves amused. Usually fond of feather and fur but will
ignore anything larger than themselves. Some can be quite nervous.
Advantages as an agility dog
They have a sense of humour.
Once they have learnt a task they
will continue to do it with enthusiasm.
You can fit more in your
household - they only weigh about 11 kilos (useful for tipping the see saw in a mini) and
they can be kept to a strict diet.
They do not care about getting
as an agility dog
Darker colours feel the heat.
They can get into bad habits that
can be very difficult to break see next point.
They cannot run their contacts
of 10: 8/10 they are not a dog for someone who is not obsessed
with spaniels. There is a real sense of achievement when they finally get it together.
of dogs that have done well in agility: The following have made
it to advanced status: Nancarrow Ruffel, Noble Nell, Nancarrow Dawes Delight, Nancarrow
What is it
like to live with? It is a challenge as an agility dog there is
always something waiting to catch you out. Gets into a routine easily. Welcome most places
because they look appealing. Each has its own endearing characteristics.
Would you buy another one for agility? Yes, I like the
challenge. Everyone is very different to train. I am on cocker no.4 (my third agility
cocker). I prefer cockers from working lines but the gene pool is a bit small.
Raper and Jackie Fairclough